Salient. Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 25. October 4, 1976
"Five Minutes to Midnight" is a film produced by a British organisation - World Focus. This organisation was recently set up to research and make special documentary films on the problems of world development and the state of our world today.
The film was shot in Latin America, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, the Far East (including China), and Europe and America. Financial backing was received from the British. Netherlands, West Germany and other governments, as well as from the United Nations and the World Bank. There were also a number of contributions from voluntary aid organisations. The New Zealand government gave $10,000.
Research assistance was provided by the World Bank, Overseas Development Institute, Institute of Development Studies. UNDP, WHO, FAO, and many individual experts.
The film took two years and $400,000 to make.
World Focus has no political or religious affiliations Its directors - Alan Hart, Ian McFarlane, and Tigger Stack - are highly skilled professional reporters and film makers with international reputations. Aware of the urgency of the need for an internationally coordinated assault on world poverty, they decided to join "the crusade for commonsense for the sake of common humanity". "Five Minutes to Midnight" was World Focus's first project and is available for the use of all the people involved in the fight for world development and human survival.
"There will either be a common investment in a future for all - or there will be no future for anyone."
— Erhard Eppler, former Minister in the Federal German Government.
On behalf of the External Aid Dividison of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Wellington Corso Centre is arranging booking of "Five Minutes to Midnight" for organisations wishing to screen the film to their members. Write to Corso, P.O. Box 27017. Upper Willis Street, or phone 844-560