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An Awful Silence Television – 1972 Thriller Sci-fi

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This tale of body-snatching botanical aliens invading 70s Wellington shared the 1973 Feltex Award for Best Drama. Dominated by Davina Whitehouse’s performance as a retired teacher-turned ET foster parent, it included early TV roles for Paul Holmes, Grant Tilly and Susan Wilson. Vincent Ley’s script won a Ngaio Marsh teleplay contest, and its realisation stylishly traverses local summertime environs — Silence was one of the first NZBC dramas filmed in colour. Director David Stevens went on to success in Australia (writing Breaker Morant, and The Sum of Us).

There's an old saying that has stood me in very good stead. Never try to explain. Your friends do not expect it and the others would not believe you anyway.
– Mrs Oliver (Davina Whitehouse)

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