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Film (Excerpts) – 1986

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There's panic on the streets as 19-year-old tearaway Ska (Matthew Hunter) comes to terms with love and death in Auckland's 80s urban underworld. After an ultimately tragic attempt to 'rescue' his prostitute sister, Ska plots revenge at a rock gig ... with riotous results. Directed by Bruce Morrison when broken glass was still on the ground from the Queen Street riot, the film was inspired by a story from 16-year-old Richard Lymposs. In this teen spirit-infused excerpt, street-fighter Ska saves rich girl Stacy (Kim Willoughby), and meets her classy parents.

What could possibly go wrong in four days?
– Tag-line for the film

Key Cast & Crew

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Kim Willoughby

As: Stacy

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Bruce Morrison

Director

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Larry Parr

Producer

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Bob Baer

Writer

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Carl Bland

As: Ryder's Hood

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Rob Jayne

As: Ryder's Driver

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Produced by

Mirage Films

Acknowledgements

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

Music

Original music composed by Dave McArtney
Includes tracks by Ardijah, Fetus Productions, No Tag, Cheek Ta Cheek, Graham Brazier, Tex Pistol, and Wentworth Brewster & Co

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