This week Never Repeats jumps back in time to look at the only feature films made in New Zealand during the '50s and '60s - all three of which were directed by John O'Shea. Part one of our special two-part retrospective covers 1952's Broken Barrier, a groundbreaking drama about a fraught interracial relationship, and 1964's Runaway, about a young man on the run from his troubles - and the police.
This week Never Repeats takes a look at Beyond Reasonable Doubt, a dramatisation of the police investigation into the infamous Crewe murders, and the subsequent trial of Arthur Allan Thomas. We also delve into David Yallop's book about the murders (which formed the basis for his screenplay), and the way the real-life case developed as the film was in production.
After an unexpectedly long and turbulent hiatus we are finally back! Here's a quick catch-up on what's been happening and what the rest of the year holds. Long story short - there'll be a new full episode this time next week.
Rather than our usual feature film, this week Never Repeats looks at two medium-length films: the high-school cowboy adventure Lincoln County Incident and zany kids flick Nutcase.
After a short hiatus we're back to look at Paul Maunder's Sons for the Return Home, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Albert Wendt. Two young students, Sione and Sarah, embark on a whirlwind romance but struggle against pressure from their families and society.
We also talk to Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson, Professor of Film Studies at Victoria University, about the significance of the film, and how it deals with the cultural schism at the heart of its story.
We're putting a bow on 1978 with a discussion of a proper hidden gem - Geoff Steven's small-town drama Skin Deep. When the local gym in the small North Island town of Carlton decides to modernise by hiring city masseuse Sandra (Deryn Cooper), her arrival stirs up passions and conflicts hidden under the town's surface.
We may have promised you two films this week but we thought David Blyth's subversive classic Angel Mine deserved an episode all to itself. The story of a young married couple attempting to escape into their fantasies, Angel Mine was branded with an R18 rating upon initial release - along with the amazing warning 'CONTAINS PUNK CULT MATERIAL'. Indeed!