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Hope and Wire

Television, 2014

Hope and Wire hit TV3 in July 2014, roughly three years after Christchurch's most destructive earthquake. Some felt it was too early to revisit the tragedy; others praised the drama's sensitivity and "nearly seamless" mix of fact and fiction. Screened in three parts, this portrait of a city in recovery centered on 11 characters, from fractured families to selfish skinheads. Writer/director Gaylene Preston and writer Dave Armstrong mixed real life footage from the quake zone with scenes where actors directly address the audience.