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Obsessed: A Katherine Mansfield Compilation

Obsessed a Katherine Mansfield Compilation

We're delighted to support the KM130 celebrations with this specially produced compilation. It includes adaptations of two short stories, an item delving into our obsession with Katherine Mansfield and an imagined cabaret-style show.

There’s Something About Katherine

excerpt from Mercury Lane, Series 1, Programme 6, 2001, 20 minutes
In this item, originally broadcast on the Mercury Lane arts programme, reporter Kim Hill investigates our obsession with Katherine Mansfield.

Katherine Mansfield's The Dolls House – in the Author's Own Words,

Rudall Hayward, 1973, 19 minutes, G
With: Margaret Blay, Alyson McRae, Ondine Waddle, Kathy McRae, Elizabeth McRae

This adaptation of one of Mansfield’s most popular short stories uses the author’s own words as the narration. Made by Rudall Hayward, the best known of our first-generation film makers, the film was produced on 16mm film and was intended to be the first in a series of adaptations of Mansfield stories. It turned out to be Hayward’s last film as he died the following year in 1974.

The Woman at the Store

Roger Donaldson & Ian Mune, 1976, 27 minutes, PG–LLV (low level violence)
With: Anne Flannery, Nicola Sanderson

This adaptation was the pilot for Winners & Losers, a ground-breaking television series that premiered in 1976 and showcased some of our finest literary talent.
The story, first published in 1912, comes from Mansfield's impressions and memory of a demanding camping trip to the rugged Urerewa region in November/December 1907.

The Late Late Show

Katherine Mansfield, Ross Johnston, 1982, 29 mins
With: Cathy Downes (KM), Bryan Bruce (Presenter)

Tonight’s special guest appearance in this cabaret-style show is Katherine Mansfield! Katherine (played by Cathy Downes) gives candid answers to questions about her life put to her by MC Bryan Bruce. A special highlight is Bruce’s rendition of the song “The Real Katherine Mansfield.”