Episodes 1 & 2 - Children of the Dog Star
Director Chris Bailey
Screenplay Ken Catran
With Sarah Dunn, Jason Wallace, Hamish Bartle, Roy Billing and Susan Wilson
In this six-episode television programme for children, produced in New Zealand in 1984, strange things start to happen shortly after twelve-year-old Gretchen comes to stay on her uncle's farm for the holidays. Gretchen befriends Ronny, a Māori boy with a troubled city past, and Bevis the bird watching son of a loathed developer. Tension is already high as the developer wants to buy and drain a local swamp for a housing estate, but Ronny's uncle is the guardian of a traditional Māori tapu upon the swamp. The swamp must not be touched—something sleeps there that must not be awakened. Something unnatural.
Episode One: The Brass Daisy
Gretchen has a passion for science and a talent for all things mechanical, which is why the old brass weathervane on her uncle's farm fascinates her...
Episode Two: Power Stop
Ronny tells Gretchen about surveyors' interest in the farm's swamp, which his people consider tapu. Ronny challenges Gretchen to a race but she loses control of her bike and crashes in the swamp. There they discover a brass artifact and take it back to the barn.