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Middle Age Spread

Film, 1979 (Excerpts)

A rare and early case of a Kiwi play being adapted for the big screen, Middle Age Spread asks whether adultery is inevitable (or whether the adulterers will inevitably be found out). Grant Tilly stars as a philandering teacher fearing a future of stress, decay and marital dissatisfaction. Roger Hall's acclaimed middle-aged comedy was adapted in the first flush of the Kiwi film renaissance, and marks the feature debut of many talents: director John Reid, cinematographer Alun Bollinger, writer Keith Aberdein, editor Mike Horton, and composer Stephen McCurdy.

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School of Rock

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

Young Kiwi singer Lorde is all over the news these days as her international career continues to soar. But Lorde is not the only NZ musician to have started in the music business at a very early age. This Spotlight collection features school days footage of Lorde and Kimbra, as well as the Hume B...

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Kiwi Quiz Shows

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 12 Items

The facts have been checked and verified: classic quiz show Mastermind will return to Kiwi television in 2016. Those viewers who were glued to their screens during the show’s original run will remember the tension as experts faced questions on everything from Fawlty Towers to sulphuric acid. This...

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Ray Columbus - The Modernist

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 9 Items

Ray Columbus began hosting television shows at the tender age of 19. After Columbus and the Invaders topped Australasian charts with 1964 single 'She's a Mod', he spent two years working as a musician in America. The song and style defined the era for a generation of local music fans. Columbus la...

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Finn Family Tree

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 30 Items

When Neil Finn joined brother Tim’s band, Split Enz, at the age of 18, the place of the Finn family in New Zealand music history was secured – as was the pride of Te Awamutu. Chock-full of music videos, including songs from a new generation of Finn offspring, this spotlight also features televisi...

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Jon Gadsby - Gone, but not Forgotten

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 11 Items

Jon Gadsby passed away on 12 December 2015, aged 62. Gadsby and friend David McPhail were at the forefront of a group who kept Kiwi TV audiences laughing on a regular basis, over three decades. Below are some of the shows Gadsby wrote for and performed on, including classics A Week of It, Letter ...

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Celebrating NZ Poetry

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 17 Items

This Spotlight celebrates New Zealand's rich history in poetry, with contributions by some of our finest poets — including Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Sam Hunt, James K Baxter, Cilla McQueen and Hone Tuwhare. Tuwhare turns up in multiple titles, from Gaylene Preston's 2005 documentary, to 1975 in...

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Katherine Mansfield

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 5 Items

Katherine Mansfield was born in Wellington on 14 October 1888. She died of tuberculosis at age 34, after writing a series of short stories that would later be seen as a major advance in the medium. This Spotlight collection is based on some of the screen images Mansfield has inspired. A Portrait ...

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Controversial Crime Stories

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 9 Items

The Crewe murders were New Zealand's first controversial court case to be played out in the television age. In the decades since, several other controversial cases have been the subject of high profile documentaries and films. This Spotlight collection includes award-winner Relative Guilt, about ...

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School's Out

Curated by the NZ On Screen team . 11 Items

For a school holiday treat, we pack our lunch boxes and shine the night light on classic pre school, after school and Saturday shows. These programmes were on hand for generations of Kiwis when they were doing (or meant to be doing) homework or chores. Viewers of a certain age will recognise many...