Peter Wells and Stewart Main’s acclaimed TV drama screened in primetime and was ground-breaking in featuring AIDS. Wells' script is based on the death of one of his friends — one of the first NZers to die from the disease — but the living are the focus here, as Wells creates an intimate “strange and foreign land” inhabited by those close to someone who is dying. Andy’s friends confront both their own mortality and the deadly new disease stalking their community, while his conservative rural family grapples with never having come to terms with his sexuality.
Fear, the selfishness of fear, that’s what it’s all about. When you’re frightened, you only think of yourself. To help someone, you have to forget that, think of them.– Simon (Jon Brazier)