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Don’t Let It Get You


Wed 19 Oct 2016, 5:00pm–6:20pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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Screening as part of the “Films that shaped New Zealand – Celebrating 120 Years of Cinema” series.

This feel good musical comedy from Pacific Films was their third feature, and one of the few made during the lean years of New Zealand filmmaking of the 1950s and 1960s. Featuring an all star cast, including Howard Morrison, Kiri Te Kanawa and Normie Rowe, on release it was publicised as "a tonic film that doesn’t let the blues get you. When it finishes, you feel as if the time has gone too fast and you leave the theatre wanting to see it all over again."

"A light-hearted comedy with music. Set in Sydney and Rotorua, the story centres around 'The Rotorua Festival,' a young drummer (Gary Wallace) and his girl Judy Beech (Carmen Duncan). Howard Morrison plays himself and as such comes across on screen as naturally as if he were sitting right opposite you. Rim D. Paul, Eddie Lowe and the Quin Tikis are seen in many mad-cap situations; also more serious ones, as when Eddie Lowe and Kerri Summers sing 'Why am I Alone Now.' Kiri Te Kanawa is delightful and the expressions on the children’s faces when she sings to them in a Maori meeting house are truly unique. Gerry Merito, Herma and Eliza Keil, Gwynn Owen, Lew Pryme and the Impacts are seen in various zany situations throughout the film. William Broadhead (Harry Lavington) and Mrs. Beech (Alma Woods) are the villains of the story. They join forces to part Gary and Judy." – Pacific Films publicity.

"A fast-moving, tuneful film, made with enough cinematic savvy to reflect, for the eye, the jumpy rhythms that crowd the soundtrack. 'Don’t Let It Get You' is a coup for the director-cameraman team of John O’Shea and Anthony Williams. Located mainly in Rotorua, a New Zealand tourist mecca with geysers, boiling mud pools and Maoris (the country’s native Polynesian people) the pic, though shot in black and white, is an interesting eyeful from the opening frames. It reinforces the good visual impression registered by the pairs’ earlier 'Runaway' which otherwise came to grief by a lame script and worse acting." – "Variety," 23 November 1966.

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