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The Garden Party Television (Full Length) – 1983 Adaptation Drama

The Garden Party

Television (Full Length) – 1983 Adaptation Drama

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Adapted from one of Katherine Mansfield's best known short stories, this restrained culture-clash-in-colonial-Wellington tale follows Laura (Alison Routledge from The Quiet Earth), an idealistic teen preparing for her family's garden party. The raising of marques and arrangement of cream puffs and canna lilies is disrupted by news of a neighbour's accidental death. Laura protests that the party should be cancelled, but her mother disagrees. A visitation at the working man's cottage down the hill and an encounter with the victim’s corpse piques Laura's class consciousness.

Key Cast & Crew

Alison Routledge

As: Laura

Alan Lindsay

Producer, Writer, Director

Katherine Mansfield

Original Author

Isn’t life ...?
– Laura’s famous closing line