The second episode of Aotearoa's first blockbuster drama — in subject, budget and reception — focusses on Governor Grey and Lady Eliza's rocky and sometimes scandalous marriage. Their romance begins in Australia where Grey sustains an injury that spurs an opiate addiction. When tragedy strikes, grief takes different forms. Grey's star fades while he enjoys several affairs. Eliza (Judy Cleine) refuses to be humiliated and is punished unduly for a flirtation with an admiral (Ken Blackburn). Jazz singer Makuini Menehira plays Grey's mistress and adopted daughter. National Film Unit talent Hugh MacDonald directed this episode.
She rides the horses while her husband rides the women...– Lady Grey is given the English translation of an overheard comment in te reo
Produced by Television One in association with the National Film Unit
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