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Home by Christmas


Thu 14 Dec 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 16 Dec 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


A heart-warming story of the survival of a marriage torn apart by the horrors of war, this film was inspired by writer, directer and producer, Gaylene Preston's life-long quest for answers to her questions “What did you do in The War, Daddy? What did you do in The War, Mummy?”. Home by Christmas is a unique blend of truth and fiction weaving together elements of both drama and documentary.

Ed Preston (Martin Henderson), a laconic everyman-gone-to-war, lives through the extremes of battle, Italian prisoner of war camps, escape on foot over mountains into Switzerland and eventually returns to his homeland. While he is declared ‘missing in action: presumed dead’, his young wife, Tui (Chelsie Preston Crayford), struggles with grief, loneliness and the hardship of bringing up their baby son alone. In a new twist on conventional war movies, we see the day-to-day heartbreak of Tui’s domestic life, as she waits with her mother and sisters for news from overseas, via telegram, hand-delivered by the local postman. The story is told by Ed (Tony Barry) in the form of an interview with his daughter (Gaylene Preston appearing as herself), interlaced with flashbacks to his youth compellingly brought to life by Henderson and Preston Crayford, and illustrated with poignant use of family photographs, archival film footage and wartime photographs.

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