Bill Morrison is a man on a mission. His wife and child can't walk nearly as fast. As the trio head toward the mining settlement where a new job awaits, Bill is about to react in different ways to two very different surprises — one from his wife, and one at the mine. This half-hour drama from the Winners & Losers series is based on a Maurice Shadbolt story, which later fed into Shadbolt's decade-in-the-making novel Strangers and Journeys. Singer turned advertising veteran Clyde Scott plays Bill. Actor and public speaking expert Jane Thomas John plays the nameless, long-suffering wife.
It is a hard, uncompromising story about an uncompromising man. This is, incidentally, one of the reasons why the cutting style in the film works. It is a very hard cutting style on a very hard character.– Director Roger Donaldson in 1977 Department of Education booklet After the Depression - Shooting Script
Winners & Losers series produced in association with the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, Television One, the Department of Education and the National Film Unit
Restoration by Park Road Post Production made possible through funding from the NZ Lottery Grants Board and NZ On Air, with support from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Thank you to the filmmakers and the Ministry of Education for allowing NZ On Screen to reformat and reproduce this title on this website
Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune on Winners & Losers, RNZ, May 2018
Roger Donaldson on his early days directing in New Zealand, Variety, November 2014
NZ Book Council profile of Maurice Shadbolt, who wrote the original short story