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    A GROUP OF FIVE YOUNG MEN ARE MAKING FINAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 12,000 MILE OVERLAND TRIP FROM TWICKENHAM, LONDON, TO AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.

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    INTERVIEWER: "ALMOST EVERY DAY WE HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE WHO EITHER DRIVE, SCOOT OR EVEN PEDAL THEIR WAY TO THE FURTHEST CORNERS OF THE EARTH. AND TODAY'S NO EXCEPTION. THESE FIVE MEN ARE SETTING-OFF BY ROAD TO NEW ZEALAND. ALL OF THEM ARE YOUNG, FOUR OF THEM ARE ENGLISH - AND THREE OF THEM ARE CALLED DAVID. DAVID ROWLANDS, WHEN SOME-ONE SAYS DAVID - HOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONE'S WHICH?"



    ROWLANDS: "WELL, IF YOU WANT THE HONEST ANSWER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE ALL HAVE RATHER RUDE NAMES FOR EACH OTHER."



    INTERVIEWER: "WE WON'T GO ANY FURTHER THAN THAT. WHO'S IDEA WAS THIS TRIP.



    ROWLANDS: "WELL, FOUR OF US GOT TOGETHER ONE NIGHT IN A PUB ABOUT 8 MONTHS AGO AND IT SEEMED RATHER A JOKE AT THE TIME AND AFTER TWO MONTHS DECIDED TO GO. AS IDEAS HAD BUILT UP IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE WE HAD A LANDROVER HERE BY THE CHAPS WHO WERE PREPARED TO GO ON THE TRIP. UNTIL A MONTH AGO EVERYTHING WAS COMPLETELY READY AND AS YOU SEE AT THE MOMENT, WE HOPE NOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY TO AUSTRALIA.



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT ROUTE ARE YOU TAKING?



    ROWLANDS: "WE ARE STARTING OFF THROUGH BELGIUM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, YUGOSLAVIA DOWN TO GREECE. THEN TURKEY, MOVE ON DOWN TO PERSIA, PAKISTAN AND ACROSS NORTHERN INDIA. WE WILL GET A BOAT DOWN TO PENANG; DRIVE TO SINGAPORE. AT SINGAPORE, WE HAVE A CERTAIN DIFFICULTY WITH SHIPPING THERE, BUT WE SHOULD GET A BOAT TO SYDNEY, AND SYDNEY TO AUCKLAND. THAT'S BASICALLY OUR ROUTE. THINGS MIGHT CROP UP ON THE WAY THAT WE AREN'T ANTICIPATING."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO TAKE YOU TO GET THERE?"



    ROWLANDS: "ABOUT THREE AND A HALF MONTHS TO SYDNEY...



    INTERVIEWER: "WELL, WHAT DO YOU ALL DO FOR A LIVING THAT YOU CAN JUST TAKE THREE AND A HALF MONTHS OFF AND SET OFF FOR AUSTRALIA?"



    ROWLANDS: "WELL, WE'VE ALL DONE SOMETHING WE'VE NOT DONE BEFORE - THAT'S HAND OUR NOTICES IN TO OUR VARIOUS FIRMS AND HOPE FOR THE BEST WHERE WE END UP."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT DO YOU DO. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR EXAMPLE."



    ROWLANDS: "WELL, I'M IN THE MEAT IMPORT AND WHOLESALE BUSINESS. DAVID ROBINSON HERE IS IN A BANK. DAVID CONNELL IS AN ENGINEER. JOHN IS IN THE STOCK EXCHANGE AND BILLY GRAY WORKS FOR LONDON TRANSPORT.



    INTERVIEWER: "NOW BILLY GRAY IS THE NEW ZEALANDER AMONGST US, ISN'T HE. BILLY, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS COUNTRY?"



    GRAY: "I HAD A YEAR'S LEAVE OF ABSENCE NINE YEARS AGO....



    INTERVIEWER: "AND YOU'VE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE... WELL, THERE MUST BE EASIER WAYS OF GOING HOME. WHY HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO GO HOME LIKE THIS?"



    GRAY: "WELL, I THINK IT'S A GOOD ADVENTURE, WITH A GOOD BUNCH OF BOYS. I THINK WE'LL HAVE A BIT OF FUN..."



    INTERVIEWER: "HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE?"



    GRAY: "NOT ON ANY,.... NO, NOTHING LIKE THIS, NO..."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU WORK FOR LONDON TRANSPORT. DOES THIS MEAN YOU KNOW ABOUT ENGINES AND YOU'RE GOING TO MEND IT WHEN IT BREAKS DOWN?"



    GRAY: "NO, I KNOW AS MUCH AS ANYBODY ELSE.."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW MUCH IS THAT?"



    GRAY: "WE'VE ALL HAD CARS AND GOT A BIT OF EXPERIENCE."



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW MUCH IS ALL THIS COSTING YOU?"



    GRAY: "ABOUT GBP250 TO GBP300."



    INTERVIEWER: "IT'S NOT A CHEAP WAY.."



    GRAY: "NO, THERE ARE CHEAPER WAYS, MORE COMFORTABLE WAYS."



    INTERVIEWER: "DAVID THIS IS NOT A NOVEL ARRANGEMENT. PEOPLE HAVE DONE THIS DOZENS OF TIMES BEFORE. WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?"



    ROWLANDS: "IT MAY HAVE BEEN MANY TIMES BEFORE. BUT WE HAVEN'T NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. AND WE WANT TO FIND OUT... WE'VE READ BOOKS ABOUT THIS... WE'VE HEARD PEOPLE'S ACCOUNTS... AND WE WANT TO SEE WHETHER IT'S AS PLEASANT AND AS EXCITING A JOURNEY AS PEOPLE HAVE TOLD US."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE."



    ROWLANDS: "WHEN WE GET THERE THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO IS TO GET SOME MONEY FROM SOMEWHERE. THAT WILL BE DOING WHATEVER JOB COMES FIRST. AFTER THAT TWO OR THREE MONTHS, WE HOPE TO SORT OURSELVES OUT AND HAVE REASONABLE JOBS. WE ALL HAVE ONE MUTUAL INTEREST - THAT'S RUGBY, WE BELONG TO TWICKENHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB. WE HOPE TO PLAY RUGBY NEXT APRIL - MEET FRIENDS AND FIND WHAT THE GENERAL LIE-OUT OF THE LAND IS."



    INTERVIEWER: "DO YOU PLAN TO MAKE YOUR HOMES IN NEW ZEALAND?"



    ROWLANDS: "I WOULDN'T LIKE TO ANSWER THAT. I DON'T KNOW. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE A TWO-YEAR TRIAL AND SEE HOW IT GOES FROM THERE.


    1.
    MV LOADING LANDROVER
    0.06

    2.
    CU RUGBY BALL AND OTHER ITEMS INTO LANDROVER
    0.14

    3.
    SV LOADING - INTERVIEWER WALKS INTO FRAME AT 11 FEET 17 SECONDS



    "ALMOST EVERYDAY... ZOOM TO CU PAN TO MV AND CU DAVID ROWLANDS ZOOM TO CU BILLY GRAY PAN TO MV DAVID ROWLANDS ALONGSIDE BILLY GRAY "...... HOW IT GOES FROM THERE"
    3.49



    Initials AK/V/JF/PC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A GROUP OF FIVE YOUNG MEN ARE MAKING FINAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 12,000 MILE OVERLAND TRIP FROM TWICKENHAM, LONDON, TO AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. FINAL CHECKS OF THEIR LANDROVER AND THEIR EQUIPMENT HAS TAKEN MOST OF THEIR TIME DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS.

    OUR REPORTER SPOKE TO THEM ABOUT THEIR TRIP:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4J5RX14LGO0E7CFKKTLI7J12U
    Media URN:
    VLVA4J5RX14LGO0E7CFKKTLI7J12U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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