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The City of No

Television (Full Length) – 1971

Teleplay The City of No is a post-60s drama about two men whose friendship has been weakened by their contrasting approaches to life. Bob (Jeremy Stephens) has left his wife to paint pictures of a lover (Shirley Gruar) who is much younger than him. Lawyer Graham (Bill Johnson, who later played Mr Wilberforce in Under the Mountain) is the voice of reason, trying to convince Bob to quit his bohemian lifestyle. But is Graham really acting in his mate's best interests? Featuring a cameo by young Sam Neill as the neighbour, this early, well-received TV drama was one of several produced by the NZ Broadcasting Corporation to tackle 'difficult' contemporary issues.

I don’t even have a father fixation. It was just something to do.
– Carol (Shirley Gruar)

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