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Title Captain Cook - obsession and discovery. Taking command / directed by Wain Fimeri, Paul Rudd, and Matthew Thomason
Published Acton, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (54 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Captain Cook - Obsession and Discovery
Summary Cook sets sail on the history-making adventure in search of a great southern continent. If Britain can find and map it, they can claim it for the Empire. Cook is carrying an additional passenger, Polynesian priest and fellow navigator Tupaia. Cook's first encounter with New Zealand's Maori is a disaster, so he turns to Tupaia who acts as go-between for later landings. In circumnavigating New Zealand, he proves it is not the Great Southern Continent. Continuing into the unknown and landing in Botany Bay, Cook is challenged by what he encounters -Australia's flora, fauna and Indigenous people. Cook's landing will make him an iconic figure in modern history, but not unless he can navigate his way out of the maze of the Great Barrier Reef -the potential disaster that could kill them all
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 3, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject Cook, James, 1728-1779.
Explorers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Discoveries in geography.
Oceania -- Discovery and exploration.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Thomason, Matthew, director
Fimeri, Wain, director
Rudd, Paul, producer, director