Episode 14: Smash Palace (1981)

October 20, 2016

"She's my daughter and I'll do what I like!" hollers the tagline (and main character) of Roger Donaldson's Smash Palace, a searing indictment of Kiwi masculinity, and the film that shot Bruno Lawrence to stardom. This week, Never Repeats looks back at Smash Palace to discuss the film itself, how it holds up 35 years on, and how it almost never got made in the first place.


Episode 13: Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)

October 13, 2016

Geoff Murphy's Goodbye Pork Pie is one of the most successful and beloved Kiwi films ever made, yet somehow neither Hayden nor L.J. had seen it before. In this week's Never Repeats they sit down to watch it for the first time and discuss how it plays to an audience that wasn't even alive when it came out.


Episode 12: The Films of John O’Shea (Part Two)

October 6, 2016

In the second part of our two-part retrospective on the films of John O'Shea we talk about the 1966 musical comedy Don't Let It Get You, starring the great Howard Morrison, and talk about the early years of Pacific Films, the trailblazing company with which O'Shea created his legacy.


Episode 11: The Films of John O’Shea (Part One)

September 29, 2016

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.


Episode 10: Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1980)

September 22, 2016

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.


Episode 9: Squeeze (1980)

September 15, 2016

After a lengthy hiatus, Never Repeats returns with a discussion of Richard Turner's Squeeze, a controversial gay drama made at a time when homosexuality was still illegal under New Zealand law.


We’re back!

September 8, 2016

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.



January 28, 2016

So...we've been away for a while. Here's a quick update on what's happening and when we'll be back.


Episode 8: Lincoln County Incident\Nutcase (1980)

December 3, 2015

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.


Episode 7: Sons for the Return Home (1979)

November 26, 2015

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.