This acclaimed drama from 1975 adapts a Katherine Mansfield story about three travellers who encounter a strange woman and child, at a remote country store. Co-directed by Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune, it won Feltex Awards for Best Script (Mune and Peter Hansard) and Actress (Ilona Rodgers). Mune and Donaldson used the drama's success and innovative financing model as a 'proof of concept', to secure funding for their 1976 series Winners & Losers. The Woman at the Store debuted on Kiwi TV screens in March 1975; it was sold as part of the Winners series overseas.
...exciting to watch, true to the original story, excellently acted ... and skilfully edited —a thoroughly polished piece that evokes more than it portrays and is, I predict, a certain candidate for this year's Feltex Award.– Writer Alexander Fry in The Listener, 22 March 1975, page 30
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 this and the Winners & Losers dramas that followed, RNZ, May 2018
Roger Donaldson on his early days directing in New Zealand, Variety, November 2014
Read Katherine Mansfield's original story 'The Woman at the Store', in 1912 magazine Rhythm (see page 7)