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).
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.– Julia Millen, 'Morrieson, James Ronald Hugh - Biography', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
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Soundtrack by Bruno Lawrence and Jonathan Crayford
Available on DVD from Products New Zealand