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“Based on the play by Roger Hall, MIDDLE AGE SPREAD centres on Colin, the deputy principal of a city high school  At home his wife Elizabeth has settled into the role of an increasingly disinterested partner. As the film begins, she's giving a dinner party to which four friends have been invited.  Flashbacks throughout the film reveal the secrets of all the dinner guests, most importantly the slow-growing love affair between Colin and Judy, a teacher at Colin's school. 

“MIDDLE AGE SPREAD was the feature debut from director John Reid (Carry Me Back), as well as the debut of cinematographer Alun Bollinger (Goodbye Pork Pie), writer Keith Aberdein (Utu) and editor Mike Horton (Once Were Warriors). Based on the 1977 play by Roger Hall.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/middle-age-spread; 29/01/2014.

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Year 1979

Reference number F5204

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production CAST

Genre Feature

Duration 1:34:00

Production company Endeavour Productions

Taonga Māori Collection Yes


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland - 2007.5266 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington - No Viewing Material Currently Available

Credits Director: John Reid Producer: John Barnett Writer: Keith Alberdein Editor: Michael Horton Grip: Trou Bayliss Music: Stephen McCurdy Cast: Grant Tilly , Dorothy McKegg , Peter Sumner , Bridget Armstrong , Donna Akersten , Bevan Wilson , Kerry McGregor , John Linaker , Sophie Perkins , David Mahon Assistant Director: Geoff Murphy Assistant Director: Geoff Murphy Best Boy: Stuart Dryburgh Camera Asst: Michael Hardcastle Camera Operator: Paul Leach Continuity: Jackie Sullivan From The Stage Play By: Roger Hall Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission Gaffer: Warrick Attewell (aka Waka) Lighting Cameraman: Alun Bollinger Make-Up: Leslie Van Der Wait Production Manager: Warren Sellers Props: Dorthe Scheffmann Set Design: Gaylene Preston Sound Assistant: Lee Tamahori Sound Recordist: Craig McLeod Wardrobe: Pat Murphy Wardrobe: Liz Jowsey;

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