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Broken Barrier Film (Trailer) – 1952 Drama Māori Romance

Broken Barrier

Film (Trailer) – 1952 Drama Māori Romance

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By World War II locally-made movies were largely missing in action: Broken Barrier marked the first NZ dramatic feature since 1940. Its production saw makers John O'Shea and Roger Mirams crowd into a Vauxhall with a rickety dolly and two silent cameras, one picked up "from a dead German in the Western Desert". Ditching dialogue for 'spoken thoughts', the pioneering film examines cultural complications in a romance between a Pākehā journalist and a Māori nurse. According to O'Shea, some viewers considered it "a dirty movie" for spurring mixed race relationships. 

Key Cast & Crew

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John O'Shea

Writer, Producer, Co-Director , Co-Producer

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F. W. French

As: Mr Sullivan

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Dorothy Tansley

As: Mrs Sullivan

Broken Barrier is a down to earth picture of the New Zealand we all know about ... and seldom talk about. But people will talk about Broken Barrier from north Auckland to the Bluff.
– Voiceover on trailer

Produced by

Pacific Films

Music

Music composed by German-born, then Australian based composer Sydney John Kay (aka Kurt Kaiser)