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Loose Enz - Free Enterprise

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981

This teleplay from writer Greg McGee is a satire of prejudice and the market economy set in the grey, divisive atmosphere of early 1980s New Zealand. Kate Harcourt plays the proprietor of Dot's Terminal Cafe, a cantankerous spinster who rails against 'bludgers' and 'foreigners'. One rain-soaked Wellington night, her lumpen clientele decide to stage a small but telling uprising — with the help of a dead mouse. It screened in early 1982, following the breakout success of McGee’s confrontational take on Kiwi conformity: rugby player losing-his-religion play Foreskin’s Lament.

He looks like a ratbag, he talks like a drain-layer ... it’s not surprising no decent person would give him a job!
– Dot (Kate Harcourt) dresses down Oz (John Ewart)

Key Cast & Crew

Kate Harcourt

As: Dot

Mark DeFriest

Director

Greg McGee

Writer

Tony Isaac

Producer

Marnie Morgan

As: Jill

John Ewart

As: Oz

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