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The last novel by Taranaki author Ronald Hugh Morrieson was his third to be adapted for the big screen. The core of this black comedy is an inter-racial marriage but the role of an English remittance man was expanded in a failed attempt to cast Peter O'Toole. Morrieson's view of small town NZ looks even darker seen in microcosm through the freezing works (filmed at the defunct Patea plant) as he explores racism, violence, murder, suicide and blackmail. Bruno Lawrence contributes a much-praised jazz influenced score (and features in the wedding band).

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 Lynton Butler
 Larry Parr
 Robert Rising

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 Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter

Worked on this movie, "83 I think, stunt double, one night down at the wharves... was fun.

 kye rei

kye rei

luv ths film speacialy th sceens of th patea freezing works i thnk, alot of history thr tht maori girl at the start walking along th beach is a babe

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Ronald Hugh Morrieson holds a unique place in New Zealand literature. No other writer has so vividly depicted New Zealand provincial life or captured its colloquial language.