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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Fulford ...
Geoff Crome
Stephen Papps ...
Firpo
Paul Gittins ...
Dad
Gabrielle Hammond ...
Mum
David Taylor ...
Ted
Alexandra Marshall ...
Molly
Ray Henwood ...
Reverend Thirle
Steve McDowell ...
Jesse Cabot
Alice Fraser ...
Mrs. Atkinson
William Johnson ...
Mr. Atkinson (as Bill Johnson)
Alistair Douglas ...
Sergeant Robinson
Greg Johnson ...
Uncle Jim
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Auntie Kass
Francie Gray ...
Miss Effie
Andrea Kelland ...
Miss Sybil
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Family drama set in New Zealand about Geoff Crome, a young boy (Fulford) who immerses himself in his own private fantasy world where he meets Firpo (Papps), a strange being who dreams of being an Olympic athlete. Together, the two begin a close friendship as Geoff attempts to help Firpo realise his dream. However, it is not long until the adult world begins to impinge on his fantasy. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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a fine film an overlooked author and a director of real genius
23 January 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The most warming thing about reading the other comments was that the authors referred to the New Zealand quality of the story and the characters. New Zealand is like so many places on earth, yet it is unique, there are many places of which NZ reminds me, but not one place on earth that I have seen visited or lived in, has ever reminded me of NZ.

Mune is not only passionate about NZ and its place in the world of the arts, he is one of the most theatrically minded and astute artists I have ever known. Not only a very fine actor, he also writes directs and mentors.

Bruce Mason was one of New Zealand's most important play-writes and IMHO the most deeply connected and spiritual commentator on New Zealand's social and deep seated development as a nation. A view drawn almost entirely from the soul of its people.

This film gives everyone the opportunity to experience the combined work of one of the nations greatest writers/play-writes in Mason, and one of its great directors as well as its greatest theatrical commentator in Mune.

Treat this film like a true friend and take Polonious' advice, "grapple(it)to thy soul with hoops of steel".


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