Brother Number One

Brother Number One

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Brother Number One

Kiwi Olympian rower Rob Hamill goes to Cambodia to retrace the events that saw his brother, Kerry, caught, tortured and murdered by the Khmer Rouge in 1978. From award-winning documentarian Annie Goldson (An Island Calling).

"In 1978, when future Kiwi Olympian and transatlantic rowing champion Rob Hamill was 14, his older brother Kerry disappeared. Two years later the family learned from a newspaper report that their gentle, joyful number one son had been identified as a victim in a Cambodian death camp. Kerry had been on board his charter yacht Foxy Lady with two other young men when they anchored in Kampuchean waters. Hippie adventurers, they were unaware of the horrors unfolding onshore. Kerry was seized and tortured for two months at the Khmer Rouge slaughterhouse Tuol Sleng (S21). After signing an outlandish confession he was executed on the orders of the infamous Comrade Duch." (NZ International Film Festival 2011)

Winner of Best Director for a Documentary, Aotearoa Film & Television Awards 2011.
2011Rating: M, some content may disturb100 minsNew ZealandIn English and Khmer, with English subtitles
CrimeDocumentary
Director:
Annie Goldson ('An Island Calling', 'Punitive Damage')
Cast:
Rob Hamill
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Reviews & comments

How could this happen to anyone

let alone a person from another world, and whilst in another country's waters, not on land, and not with any intent other than travelling. Unmissable.

4.0
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Beautiful

This is a beautiful, restrained, funny, tender and just plain excellent piece of documentary storytelling. I cried towards the end - but it was a nice kind of weeping (unlike the time I watched 'The Notebook' which was manipulative crying because the press a tearful button) - this was the kind of weeping that only comes from really cathartically relating...

5.0
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Awesome Doco

I wasn't sure what I was expecting but it turned out to be an amazing experience. The doco is poetic, sad, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately cathartic. A must watch if you want to understand a slice of history through a very human story.

5.0
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Cleo Withers

For a heart-wrenching but strangely optimistic experience, go to this film. It is superbly made, and almost faultless, a compelling story that informs while it engages. The story of Kerry Hamill, the young hippie sailor off on his OE with his mates, who sails into the clutches of the Khmer Rouge forms one journey, while the contemporary tale of Kerry's...

5.0
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Variety

Variety

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Will move many to tears.

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Stuff

Stuff

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It takes what could be an infuriatingly political or just too sentimental subject and turns it into the definite page-turner of documentaries – something that grabs you by the throat and engages you right from the opening seconds.

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Stuff

Stuff

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Brother Number One is a necessarily hard watch, but has so much compassion and grace that the audience is not left feeling desolate by the end. Optimistically, one hopes that as people see this film, and appreciate the depths of horror inflicted upon the Cambodian people, we will be mobilised into a better way of being.

5.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Exquisitely restrained.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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Rob Hamill is a quintessential Kiwi who could easily be your brother, husband, son or best friend, and through this medium not only do the politics become very personal; we also feel a powerful sense of being with him, step by step, on his quest. Highly recommended.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It moves, it speaks, and at its best, it entrances. You won't see many documentaries better than this, from any country, in any year.

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Will move many to tears.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

It takes what could be an infuriatingly political or just too sentimental subject and turns it into the definite page-turner of documentaries – something that grabs you by the throat and engages you right from the opening seconds.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Brother Number One is a necessarily hard watch, but has so much compassion and grace that the audience is not left feeling desolate by the end. Optimistically, one hopes that as people see this film, and appreciate the depths of horror inflicted upon the Cambodian people, we will be mobilised into a better way of being.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Exquisitely restrained.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Rob Hamill is a quintessential Kiwi who could easily be your brother, husband, son or best friend, and through this medium not only do the politics become very personal; we also feel a powerful sense of being with him, step by step, on his quest. Highly recommended.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It moves, it speaks, and at its best, it entrances. You won't see many documentaries better than this, from any country, in any year.

5.0
0

How could this happen to anyone

let alone a person from another world, and whilst in another country's waters, not on land, and not with any intent other than travelling. Unmissable.

4.0
0

Beautiful

This is a beautiful, restrained, funny, tender and just plain excellent piece of documentary storytelling. I cried towards the end - but it was a nice kind of weeping (unlike the time I watched 'The Notebook' which was manipulative crying because the press a tearful button) - this was the kind of weeping that only comes from really cathartically relating...

5.0
0

Awesome Doco

I wasn't sure what I was expecting but it turned out to be an amazing experience. The doco is poetic, sad, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately cathartic. A must watch if you want to understand a slice of history through a very human story.

5.0
0

Cleo Withers

For a heart-wrenching but strangely optimistic experience, go to this film. It is superbly made, and almost faultless, a compelling story that informs while it engages. The story of Kerry Hamill, the young hippie sailor off on his OE with his mates, who sails into the clutches of the Khmer Rouge forms one journey, while the contemporary tale of Kerry's...

5.0
0