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!
In Episode 2 we're taking a slight jump back in time to look at two films that premiered just prior to Sleeping Dogs in 1977: Paul Maunder's Landfall, about a small commune descending into violence and isolation, which was shot in 1975 as a telefeature and marks the feature debut of one Sam Neill; and Geoff Murphy's Wild Man, the big screen off-shoot of the Blerta TV series.
The first episode of Never Repeats! This week we kick everything off by diving into Roger Donaldson's Sleeping Dogs (1977). We'll talk about the film's production, take a look at its politics, and give our views on how we think it holds up today. We're also looking at the source material, C.K. Stead's novel Smith's Dream so strap in, this one could go pretty long.