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The Magpies Short Film (Full Length) – 1974 Adaptation Animation

The Magpies

Short Film (Full Length) – 1974 Adaptation Animation

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“Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle”. Denis Glover’s classic poem The Magpies has inspired plays, art by Dick Frizzell, spats about onomatopoeia, and this 1974 short film, produced by publisher Alister Taylor. It centres around Glover musing on Magpies in his smoky Terrace flat in Wellington, during an interview with Glover’s son Rupert. Bookending the interview are two readings of the poem by director Martyn Sanderson. Sanderson’s memorable voice scores scenes of rural decay, and animation interpreting the tragedy of Tom and Elizabeth (the farming couple whose dreams go bad).

Key Cast & Crew

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Denis Glover

Subject

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Martyn Sanderson

Narrator, Director

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Rupert Glover

Interview Producer

I don’t consider myself a good poet, but I do think writing poetry takes less room on the page than prose. And takes longer to write.
– Denis Glover