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Gone up North for a While Television (Full Length) – 1972 Drama

Gone up North for a While

Television (Full Length) – 1972 Drama

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Really interesting to see early work from Television New Zealand.....some very natural acting, and it certainly highlights some of the difficulties unmarried Mothers encountered in those days....stigma being very relevant, and lack of social supports.


Jude. 20 Jan 2011 - 10.02pm

Thanks again Brenda (and why are you working on a Saturday afternoon!).

I enjoy visiting the NZonScreen website, it's wonderful viewing the old clips. The item on Wellington's "Dusties" (refuse collectors) is great, as I grew up in Wellington when it was filmed, so it is all quite recognisable.

I remember when "Gone up North" was first screened in 1972, but I was too young at 15 to be allowed to stay up and watch it and I think it was deliberately screened quite late (9pm! - parent's exercised control on what their children could watch back then!). However, I do recall it was a controversial film and attracted a lot of debate in the media for years afterward.

Quite apart from NZonScreen making this material available, its great that you are also including information and notes about the film makers involved in the productions. This really increases the value and pleasure from (re)watching the programmes. Thanks again, Chris.


Chris 7 Aug 2010 - 06.51pm

The films are in parts so that you don't end up loading the whole film when you might only want the first bit. Given the state of NZ's broadband we found this was the best approach to having high quality video without causing people to blow their data caps inadvertently - at least this way they can choose to do so!

Incidentally, if you use Chrome or Safari as your browser, you can select the HTML5 version of the player - that one has an 'autoadvance' option, which will play clips one after the other automatically. We're going to be rolling this feature out for all browsers soon.

Enjoy the film!

7 Aug 2010 - 06.02pm

Thanks Brenda. I have my screen resolution set to 800x600 and did not see the "clip selector" on the right. All OK now.

Incidentally, why are the films divided up into parts anyway? Why not have just one file? Thanks again, Chris.


Chris 7 Aug 2010 - 05.45pm

Hi Chris. When you get to the end of the first segment, you select the next clip and it's the second (of four). Alternatively you select the next one from the clip selector alongside the player. They're all there :)

7 Aug 2010 - 05.27pm

Dear NZonScreen, you have listed this as "Full Length" but when I viewed it, there was only 10 minutes and 8 seconds.

Please can you clarify.


Chris 7 Aug 2010 - 03.51pm

oh my, do I remember this one. I have told people about it for years. Saw it once in our church youth group. I am sure I missed the messages they wanted me to get (good girls don't). It stirred for me a lot of thoughts about and a passion for social justice.

Judith J

Judith J 5 Aug 2010 - 07.20pm

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