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A Class Act, Mervyn Thompson, His Life & Work Television (Full Length) – 1997 Documentary Arts/Culture

A Class Act, Mervyn Thompson, His Life & Work

Television (Full Length) – 1997 Documentary Arts/Culture

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In the theatre world of the 70s and 80s, playwright Mervyn Thompson was an outspoken figure. He wrote, directed, and acted in theatre that presented New Zealand working class history and experience. This doco features a rare interview with Thompson before he died in 1992, as well as footage from his last work Passing Through (1991). Thompson discusses his upbringing on the West Coast of the South Island, his approach to theatre, and alludes to some of the controversies that beset his career.

Produced by

Banshee Productions

Acknowledgements

Silhouette Films, Auckland; Air New Zealand; Quality Inn Hotels, Dunedin; The Interislander; Cargills Motor Inn, Dunedin; Cuba Edit; Marmalade Audio; The Dubshop; The Mervyn Thompson Trust.

Music

Music by Grant Taylor, Marmalade Studios.