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Keep Them Waiting

Short Film (Full Length) – 1963

Shot in black and white (by Terry King and future Harry Potter cinematographer Michael Seresin), this early Tony Williams directorial effort answers its road safety instructional mandate with style. A jazzy soundtrack scores the setting up of a literal ‘lives collide’ plot. Two lovers go rambling; a gallerist in a goatee takes photos on a car trip, a beau takes his girl for a Wellington coastal drive, a musical duo drive from a 2ZB recording session ... all the while emergency room flash-forwards are intercut and the clock ticks as basic road safety lessons are ignored.

In a film you can turn back the clock ... the characters can have a second chance, but in life you can’t turn back the clock.
– Narrator

Key Cast & Crew

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Tony Williams


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John O'Shea

Producer, Writer

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Terry King (camera)


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Robin Maconie


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Lindsay Anderson


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Frank Douglas


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Produced by

Pacific Films


Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata


Composed by Robin Maconie, performed by Nicky Smith Trio, Maurice Paige Quartet.



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