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Films By Gaylene Preston

Versatile director Gaylene Preston (Mr Wrong, Ruby And Rata) has managed to wend her bending way through yet another genre, bringing us one of the notable 'biopics' of this year's festival. Bread And Roses, a four-part drama based on the autobiography of Sonja Davies, New Zealand activist and ... Read more
“A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told.” - New Zealand Herald ... On his way home from rugby practice, Ed Preston joined the New Zealand army. He promised his pregnant wife Tui he'd be home by Christmas - but four years would pass before his return, after escaping a prison camp in Italy ... Read more
After suffering a long-winded sales pitch, Meg buys a Jaguar that will help her make the regular visit to her parents in the country. Meg. however, soon realises that the car is haunted by a ghost — the victim of a murder. Meg's problems are only just beginning and as paranoia begins to take ... Read more
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out on his boat and is sailed away to his 'castle'—a rundown shack on a deserted island. Melanie's ... Read more
Gaylene Preston, a past Festival guest with her last film Mr Wrong, is still going strong and we're pleased to welcome her back with the beguiling Ruby and Rata. ... 83 year-old Ruby (played by the trans-Tasman's favourite mature-age actress Yvonne Lawley) refuses to be shunted into the Sunset ... Read more
"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply..." ... If there is one thing that Gaylene Preston's new film tells us about the experiences of women in World War Two—it's that those oft-sung 'fundamentals' are actually hard to identify. In ... Read more
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