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Jack Winter's Dream Television (Full Length) – 1979 Drama Arts/Culture

Jack Winter's Dream

Television (Full Length) – 1979 Drama Arts/Culture

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Jack Winter's Dream is an unusual entry in the library of government filmmakers the National Film Unit: a poetic account of drink-fuelled males telling tales, adapted from a radio play by James K Baxter. Built around themes of age, death and love, the hour-long film starts with an old swagman bedding down in the ruins of an Otago pub. Time drifts: back to the night a newly rich goldminer found himself swapping memories and reveries — some of which unfurl on screen — with three drinkers and the barman (Bernard Kearns). But which one of them is planning murder?

Key Cast & Crew

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Mervyn Thompson

Narrator

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David Sims

Director, Writer

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Bernard Kearns

As: Charlie Bird (Webfoot Charlie)

Who is singing on the night road, when only the scared owls can hear him? It is Jack Winter: rabbiter, swagman, and station rousabout. Sixty-eight convictions for being happy in a public place.
– Narrator Mervyn Thompson