An early case of a Kiwi play being adapted for the screen, Middle Age Spread asks whether adultery is inevitable (and whether it can stay secret). Grant Tilly won acclaim as "an antipodian Woody Allen" for his philandering deputy headmaster fearing a future of stress and marital dissatisfaction. Roger Hall's hit comedy was adapted in the first flush of the Kiwi film renaissance. It marks the movie debut of many talents — including Tilly, director John Reid, writer Keith Aberdein, and cinematographer Alun Bollinger. Middle Age Spread was the first Kiwi feature to screen on the BBC.
...[Grant Tilly] captures completely the gentle susceptibility and momentarily disturbed soundheadedness of Colin in the manner of an antipodian Woody Allen. With his expertise, the film cannot fail.– Variety reviewer Mike Nicolaidi on Grant Tilly's performance in Middle Age Spread, 31 December 1978
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