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Children of the Dog Star - Power Stop

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1984

After adapting Maurice Gee classic Under the Mountain for TV, writer Ken Catran wrote his own tale of teen extraterrestrial contact. While holidaying with relatives in the country astronomy-mad Gretchen discovers that a farm weathervane has mysterious powers. In this second episode of the girl-power sci-fi series, the weathervane does strange things to cars and appliances; and Gretchen and local scallywag Ronny discover a secret in a tapu swamp threatened by development. Actors Zac Wallace and Roy Billing feature, and future weatherman Jim Hickey cameos.

Well ... you're quite a mystery, but I'm going to find out what you are. Because Gretchen Josephine Kierney never gives up.
– Gretchen (Sarah Dunn) to the mysterious weather vane

Key Cast & Crew

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Chris Bailey


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Caterina De Nave


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Jim Hickey

As: Surveyor

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Hamish Bartle

As: Bevis Elliott

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Sarah Dunn

As: Gretchen Kierney

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David McKenzie

As: Vic Mitchell

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