Rogue Productions

Erebus Operation Overdue

Erebus Operation Overdue is the true story of one of the most extraordinary police operations in history. In 1979, a jet carrying 257 passengers on a sightseeing tour over Antarctica went missing. Eleven police officers were called to duty and undertook an extraordinary operation as they came face to face with one of the world’s worst disasters. This is their story.

Carmen J Leonard

Peter Burger / Charlotte Purdy

Executive Producer(s):
Charlotte Purdy

75 minutes

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Best Editing

Best Directing

Best Documentary

It was a film so well made and so real it probably still haunts anyone who saw it.

- NZ Herald, Colin Hogg

Just, wow!

- Irene Gardner - National Radio

The best local programme of this and many other years, this seamless mix of interviews and re-enactments has a powerful moment. Actually, it has many.

- Diana Wichtel - NZ Listener

It was extraordinarily good TV....extraordinarily powerful and evocative.

- National Radio

What this docudrama did so harrowingly well was to look at how it felt to be one of the people who had to go in and tidy up.

- Dominion Post

The doco about the police team sent to recover the bodies from the Erebus crash was a hellish story told hellishly well.

- NZ Herald, Colin Hogg

This important and absorbing watch helps us comprehend - and says a long-overdue thank you.

- NZ Herald

It's the interviews with four police officers who carried the burden of the experience on their own which hit home.

- NZ Herald

There were also awards for directors, editing and cinematography – and no wonder

- NZ Listener

It transfixed audiences and won Best New Zealand Feature, Best Directing, Best Editing and Best Cinematography at the festival.

- NZ Herald

If you hear a pin drop in any screening of this, I'd be terribly surprised. This doco has rightly swept the board - it's a powerful reminder of what excellent drama and careful research and interviewing can do to an audience.

- World of Entertainment

This film is a unique window into that slice of history and the human spirit it revealed. 5/5 stars.

- Screenzone