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.
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.
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.