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Titless Wonders

Television (Excerpts) – 2001

Performer Jan Bolwell instinctively knew when she found a lump in her breast that life was about to change profoundly. In this excerpt from Gaylene Preston's breast cancer documentary, Bolwell opens up about surgery and treatment, and how it inspired her 2001 solo dance show Off My Chest. Bolwell's double mastectomy spurred a desire to express — through dance — the loss thousands of Kiwi women experience each year. Bolwell's interview is interspersed with her rehearsing and performing Off My Chest at BATS Theatre in 2001. The documentary includes several Kiwi breast cancer stories.

The most terrible thing about breast cancer is that you can have this life-threatening disease and not feel sick.
– Jan Bolwell in documentary Titless Wonders, NZ Herald, 10 October 2002

Key Cast & Crew

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Brian Shennan

Sound Recordist

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Alun Bollinger


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Nicole Cosgrove

Theatre Design

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Gaylene Preston

Director, Producer, Digital Video Crew

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Mike Knudsen

Additional Photography

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Sharon Hawke

Additional Photography

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