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The Marching Girls - Mahara's Story

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1987

Created by Fiona Samuel, The Marching Girls follows a Taita social marching team who decide to have a crack at the North Island champs. In the first episode of this feminist-Flashdance-in-formation 80s classic, young whippersnapper Leonie tries to modernise the girls' routine by getting them to march to the heavy metal tunes of Ironlung ("they're really big in Australia!"). This proves too much for Mahara (Patupatu Ripley), who's got enough on her plate with her new role as hesitant union spokesperson for her fellow workers down at the factory.

It's just an old fart team! I suppose you'd have us march to something like Julio Iglesias?
– Leonie (Shelley Luxford)

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NZ On Screen acknowledges the talent and creatives for allowing NZ On Screen to reproduce this title on this website

Music

Song ‘Fighting for the World’ composed and performed by Andrew Fagan

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