“The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill” (2018) 

Documentary

Six Episodes

Featuring: Sam Neill

Sam Neill:“You see signs of renaissance and regeneration everywhere around the Pacific, most particularly in our country. There’s still a long way to go but I think there are great grounds for optimism. I won’t be around to see it peak, but for my grandchildren, yeah, I’m cheerful.”

Captain James Cook’s incredible epic voyages of discovery are as controversial now after 250 years as ever. In light of recent public debate in this new six-part series, Sam Neill re-examines Cook’s legacy, delivering new perspectives from the Pacific cultures left in Cook’s wake.

Refreshingly and in a post colonial world this new series while following the expedition of Captain Cook rarely seeks to inhabit a colonial narrative instead opting for a viewpoint from the people that were affected by the intrusion and ‘discovery’ of new lands by the Captain and his ship as well as the crews that were part of that venture. It is an inspired choice to have Neill who is compassionate as well as affable to open viewers eyes as to the casual destruction caused by the journeys as well as the place of those ventures into todays world. We also are introduced to a variety of new personalties many people may not have heard of as well as those that we think we knew but are told different truths to bring about some true revelations.

Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768. These vast waters, one third of the Earth’s surface, were uncharted – but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded, lived and fought here for thousands of years. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything changed.

In conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the HMS Endeavour’s departure from England, actor and raconteur Sam Neill takes a deeply personal, present-day voyage to map his own understanding of James Cook, Europe’s greatest navigator, and the immense Pacific Ocean itself. Setting sail on a great ocean tanker as well as many a smaller craft, Sam crosses the length and breadth of the largest ocean in the world to experience for himself a contemporary journey in Cook’s footsteps.

Episodes:

Endeavour and Tahiti

Endeavour and New Zealand

Endeavour and Australia

Resolution and the Great Southern Continent

Resolution and the Northwest Passage

Resolution and Hawaii

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