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When the Cat's Away Television (Full Length) – 1987 Documentary Music Arts/Culture

When the Cat's Away

Television (Full Length) – 1987 Documentary Music Arts/Culture

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This concert film captures When the Cat's Away during their first tour. Director Alan Thurston captures the high energy performance and pure joie de vivre of the five women vocalists, showing why the group became a Kiwi favourite. A set focusing on New Zealand songs, international hits of the period and soul classics proved irresistible on the pub circuit. The group would go on to score hit records and bigger shows (playing to 80,000 the following summer). But this was the moment they arrived. The film won best documentary at the 1988 Film and Television Awards.

Key Cast & Crew

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Tim Pollard

Camera

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Christine Munro

Editor

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Alan Thurston

Producer, Director

Every gig you look forward to. There’s no gig where you think ‘aww what a drag,’ you know, it’s like wow, cool. I’m gonna have a good time tonight.
– Margaret Urlich