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Fri 30 Sep 2016, 7:00pm–8:40pm
Thu 6 Oct 2016, 7:00pm–8:40pm

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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"New Zealand's great dramatic story film! The most talked-about film in years! A daring, intimate look at the lives of young New Zealanders – an adult, exciting story of a man on the run – and the women in his life! Frank and provocative.

In the beginning it was only to escape... be he was a young man in a hungry hurry... his blood on fire... and he discovered that life is a mixture of good and evil... the passionate, desperate and lonely... and he meets them all... from the warm beaches of Northland to the ice-bound wilderness of Westland glaciers the New Zealand you know for the first time in a film that is compelling, intimate and brilliant entertainment!" – Original press publicity.

Pacific Film's second feature film, made more than a decade after their first "Broken Barrier" (1952), and one of only three made in New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s. Produced on a modest budget of 50,000 pounds, it follows what would become familiar New Zealand filmmaking tropes in later decades: the man alone, on the run and on the road. The version being screened was restored by the Film Archive (as Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was then known) in 2002.

"Our past is a foreign country too and one which we have few opportunities to visit in crisp, 35mm Widescreen. Stunningly shot in black and white by Tony Williams... 'Runaway' is by far the richest, the most suggestive and the most influential of the three features directed by [John] O'Shea. Though unmistakably sincere in it romantic vision of the tangata whenua – and its commitment to alienated young manhood – the film's enduring impetus is in O'Shea's manifest desire to synthesize and translate a head full of European cinema into the wide open spaces of New Zealand" – Bill Gosden, 31st Wellington Film Festival, 2002.

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