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Carry Me Back


Sat 27 Aug 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
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Grant Tilly is at his comedic best in "Carry Me Back," in which he plays a southern bloke trying creatively to smuggle his deceased father home from Wellington.

“A comedy from John Reid, director of the popular 'Middle Age Spread,' 'Carry Me Back' has about it something of the flavour of the vintage Ealing comedies and shares with them an irreverence towards death. TK Donovan hasn’t left his South Island farm in ten years, and so his sons, Arthur and Jimmy, are surprised when the old man decides to join them on a trip to Wellington to watch the local team play in a football final. There’s a boozy crossing on the ferry, and then a successful game won by the local team. That night Arthur and Jimmy go out on the town, while old TK quickly tires of watching strippers and wanders off on his own. Next morning he is found dead in his motel bed and to their horror his sons discover in his will (which he always carried with him) that the farm will be left to the football club unless TK is buried on his beloved property - and the law won’t allow that unless he actually died on it.” – David Stratten, Sydney Film Festival.

“'Carry Me Back' is always lovely to look at, sometimes very funny and occasionally awkwardly melodramatic. Above all, it is shot through (if I may use that expression) with local colour. The horseplay and the mateship of the country boys going to town for a Ranfurly Shield match are absolutely dinkum.” – Peter Harcourt, "Sequence," October 1982.

Marking 75 years since New Zealand’s first cinema newsreel by the National Film Unit in 1941, cinema-goers can relive the experiences of audiences decades ago. In the spirit of the time, the main feature, "Carry Me Back," will be preceded by a short NFU newsreel from the 1940s - 1960s.

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