One of those Blighters began life as a doco on Taranaki novelist Ronald Hugh Morrieson, but after interviews with many who knew him, morphed into something more offbeat: a semi-fictionalised tale of Morrieson’s mates reminiscing about his departure, interwoven with highlights from his tales of drunkards and con artists. The dramatisations are from his four novels - all became movies - plus one posthumously published short story. Amidst a cast packed to the rafters with carousing Kiwi screen legends, fellow multi-talented muso Bruno Lawrence plays Morrieson.
If Charles Dickens had been born in backblock New Zealand in the 20th century, he might well have written The Scarecrow or for that matter Came a Hot Friday.– The priest (Terence Cooper) quoting Australian reviews of Morrieson’s work.
Produced by Pallet Productions in association with Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand, QEII Arts Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand Film Commission.
Music by Peter Woods.