The Eruption: Stories of Survival

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  • The-Eruption-White-Island-Whakaari-survivor-Jake-Milbank
  • The-Eruption-White-Island-Whakaari-survivor-Kelsey-Waghorn
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About This Project

Produced for Three, Pencil’s Productions’ new film The Eruption: Stories of Survival focusses on the dramatic events of December 9th, 2019, after Whakaari/White Island, an active volcano, erupted suddenly. The volcano is a popular tourism destination off the East Coast of Aotearoa New Zealand. Twenty-two people were killed and as many seriously injured. The majority were tourists but The Eruption takes a more local angle, following the stories of the only NZ-ers to survive, two young guides from White Island Tours, Jake Milbank and Kelsey Waghorn. The film also includes the family of Hayden Marshall-Inman, then a senior guide, who was killed in the eruption. Interviews with leaders of the local iwi Ngati Awa, scientists, doctors and first responders are woven into the documentary’s central narrative.


International distribution of The Eruption is being handled by TVF and hopefully the documentary will soon be on the screen near you.



Irene Chapple


Irene Chapple, Annie Goldson

Director of Photography

Jake Bryant


Prisca Bouchet


Karl Steven

Production Manager

Loren Prendiville


Annie Goldson


Phil Brough

Commissioned by


Funded by

NZ on Air

Network Executive

Angela Mann

A Pencil Production, Completed