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Three New Zealanders: Janet Frame Television (Excerpts) – 1975 Documentary

Three New Zealanders: Janet Frame

Television (Excerpts) – 1975 Documentary

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This fresh, unhurried film is drawn from a substantial interview with renowned writer Janet Frame by Michael Noonan; filmed largely at at Frame’s then-home on Whangaparoa Peninsula. It was part of the Three New Zealanders series made to commemorate the 1975 International Year of Women — an early John Barnett production. The rare footage of Frame — here aged 50 — presents a confident writer in her prime, and negates any stereotypes about Frame's inarticulacy or shyness. Note: the segments from the programme dramatising some of Frame’s work are not included here.

It [writing] becomes a way of looking at things ... everything you see ... you translate into words.
– Janet Frame

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Endeavour Films

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Commissioned by NZBC, with the support of Qantas and QEII Arts Council