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Absent Without Leave Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1992 Drama Romance

Absent Without Leave

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1992 Drama Romance

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In 1992 Australian soap star Craig McLachlan (Neighbours) landed in NZ, to tackle one of his only starring roles in a movie to date. McLachlan plays Ed — a WWll soldier who goes AWOL — in a story 74-year-old writer James Edwards drew from his own life. When Ed is shipped overseas with no leave, he feels obliged to make sure that his recently pregnant wife Daisy (Katrina Hobbs) is OK before he departs. But then the days become weeks. For director John Laing the road movie offered a chance to explore changing gender roles, as women discovered life beyond house and family.

....a young man and a woman cast headlong into the minefield of love and marriage, growing up at a time when there was no time for either, and in a society where the traditional roles of men and women were changing.
– Director John Laing describes what appealed to him about the story, in the Absent Without Leave press kit

Produced by

Meridian Film Productions


World premiere at Wellington's Embassy Theatre, 18 March 1993


Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, in association with NZ On Air


Song 'So Blue is the Sea' composed by Don McGlashan

Vocals by Janet Roddick and Don McGlashan. Guitars by David Long. Double Bass by David Donaldson. Drums by Don McGlashan

Harmonica by James Edwards