Part road movie, part man alone tale, Runaway was one of the first local features to steer a course away from the mainstream. Running from debt, David (Colin Broadley) leaves Auckland to travel around New Zealand. He encounters a deer culler (Barry Crump) and three very different women (played by Kiri Te Kanawa, model Deirdre McCarron and Bond beauty Nadja Regin). One of two Kiwi features in the 1960s, John O'Shea's moody outcast tale was marketed as a thriller, and renamed Runaway Killer in the UK. Tony Williams' stylish images were partly inspired by new wave director Michelangelo Antonioni.
Mr Broadley had the right kind of sensitive face for the part and quite a bit of acting talent . . . generally he does a remarkably good job.– Listener reviewer 'FAJ' on Runaway's lead actor Colin Broadley, 6 November 1964
Song 'Runaway' (featured in trailer) performed by Rim D Paul and The Quin Tikis