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Savage Play - Part Three

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1995

In the third episode of this drama based on the 1888-89 tour of Great Britain by the NZ Natives rugby team, the romance between Pony and Charlotte is gathering momentum. Charlotte’s grandfather — the Earl — might be alarmed by the tryst, but the Cambridge University rugby team has a far blunter way of expressing their displeasure with a Māori rugby player trying to cross class and racial lines. In the face of such opposition, Charlotte and Pony attempt to follow their hearts, but can they resist the pressures now being exerted by both of their cultures?

He’s eccentric. He’s aristocratic, not necessarily like me, but it’s something I do rather well, I suppose. He’s a grandfather like I am. He has a troublesome granddaughter, which I sort of have.
– Ian Richardson (on his character Earl) (NZ Listener, 13 April 1996 - p.36)

Key Cast & Crew

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Alan Lindsay

Producer, Writer, Director

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David Hannay


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Robin Thomson

As: Durham

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Paris Jefferson

As: Violet

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Gavin Richards

As: Kim

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Kim Creswell

As: Luscious

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Made with funding from NZ On Air

Developed with the assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission