This Way of Life

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This Way of Life
This way of life.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Thomas Burstyn
Produced by Barbara Sumner-Burstyn
Music by Joel Haines
Cinematography Thomas Burstyn
Edited by Cushla Dillon
Cloud South Films
Release dates
  • 3 October 2009 (2009-10-03) (VIFF)
Running time
88 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English
Budget personal budget of

This Way of Life is a New Zealand documentary film about a horse breeding family living in the wild near the Ruahine Ranges, resisting the call to a more "modern" lifestyle. It was directed by Thomas Burstyn and produced by Barbara Sumner-Burstyn.

It opened theatrically in Vancouver on 3 October 2009 at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Seattle on 11 June 2010 at the Seattle International Film Festival, and in New York City on 30 July 2010. It opened in Los Angeles on 6 August 2010 at the 14th Annual DocuWeeks.[1][2][3]

This Way of Life made the 2011 Oscar Documentary long list. [4]


  • Peter Ottley-Karena
  • Colleen Ottley-Karena
  • Llewelyn Ottley-Karena
  • Aurora Ottley-Karena
  • Malachi Ottley-Karena
  • Elias Ottley-Karena
  • Corban Ottley-Karena
  • Salem Ottley-Karena


  1. ^ Arclight Hollywood [1], 2010-07-31
  2. ^ IFC Center [2], 2010-07-31
  3. ^ 14th Annual DocuWeeks [3], 2010-07-31
  4. ^

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