John O'Shea, 1964
The Pacific Film Unit was founded by Roger Mirams and Alun Falconer in 1948. John OʼShea joined in 1950 when Alun Falconer left to pursue a career in China and the company's name was changed to Pacific Films.
Pacific Films kept alive the idea of independent filmmaking, producing the only three New Zealand features made here between 1940 and 1970. They were Broken Barrier (1952), Runaway (1964) and Don't Let it Get You (1966) – all of them directed by John O'Shea.
Runaway was a sophisticated attempt to emulate the European art cinema of the period. It paid less attention to continuity editing, cause-and-effect driven narrative and a goal-oriented protagonist, and more to the exploration of themes. The discordant music and the juxtaposition of land and skin in these shots reflect Colinʼs search for his identity.
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