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Englishman John Middleton Murry visits his publisher in France to approve a new edition of the works of his late wife Katherine Mansfield. Ever since her death in 1923, Katherine has haunted Murry’s imagination. Murry is startled when he finds that his publisher’s companion, Marie Taylor resembles Katherine and is also a New Zealander. At first fascinated by the old man, Marie grows angry when she learns Murry profited after Katherine’s death by publishing what she termed the “scraps” she asked him to destroy. Gradually she comes to see Murry as a self serving monster who tailored Mansfield’s work to the market and tailored their love story to his own needs.

“A contemporary feminist response to Mansfield and the spirit of this Newish World merge in the script, accentuating the corruption of the old, male and literary world in which the story is set. John Reid’s direction dramatises the issues in the material with flair and authority and serves his exceptional actors well in this haunting and thoughtful film” - Bill Gosden, Wellington Film Festival programme, 1985.

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Year 1985

Reference number F5726

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production JOHN MIDDLETON MURRY

Genre Feature

Duration 1:28:00

Production company Pacific Films in association with Goldeneye S.A.R.L & Challenge Corporate Services

Taonga Māori Collection Yes


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington, Please Ask Staff (Base) - 2000.1428 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland - 2007.5262

Credits Director: John Reid Producer: John O'Shea Associate Producer: Dominique Antoine Associate Producer: Craig Walters Photography: Bernard Lutic Screenplay: Stanley Harper Screenplay: Maurice Pons Screenplay: Jean Betts Screenplay: John Reid Editor: Ian John Sound: Robert Allen Art Director: Joe Bleakley Music: Stephen McCurdy Andre De Sarry: Feodor Atkine Assistant Director: Claire Lusseyran Cameraman: Allen Guilford John Middleton Murry: John Gielgud Katherine Mansfield: Jane Birkin Marie Taylor: Jane Birkin Young Middleton Murry: Simon Ward;