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Xmas Eve 1953: Cricketer Bob Blair (Ryan O'Kane) is in South Africa, days away from batting for New Zealand. His fiancée Nerissa Love (The Lovely Bones' Rose McIver) is boarding an ill-fated train, that will plunge into the Whangaehu River at Tangiwai, in our worst rail disaster. The Dominion Post's Linda Burgess found this tele-movie retelling of the tragic romance "first-rate", noting "consistently excellent" performances from O'Kane, McIver, and Miranda Harcourt as Nerissa's wary mother. The finale features a miniature train built by Weta Workshop.

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 Charlie Haskell
 Paula Boock
 Donna Malane

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this is one of the finest films I have seen for many years, how it didn't win an Oscar I do not know..... Non fiction too, superb story of the 1950's, sad, funny and nostalgic.....

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Young love may be hard to portray without going down the sentimental path but this drama shone with its depiction of social mores in New Zealand in the repressed and repressive 1950s, most particularly with the portrayal of Catholic girl marrying Protestant boy. 
Tangiwai totally stood out. From a script perspective it was incredibly emotional. I had the same reaction that most people do where I cried when I read it. I was incredibly caught up in the story. 


2012 New Zealand Television Awards
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor: Mick Rose
Cinematography: David Paul
Production Design: John Harding
Make-Up Design: Linda Wall

Nominated for Supporting Actress (Miranda Harcourt), Costume Design