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When Love Comes Along (1998)

When Love Comes (original title)
Between getting trashed, tripping, blowing guys off and writing songs, Mark falls for Stephen. Fig and Sally put perform Marks songs between casual sex with anyone and everyone. Katie is a ... See full summary »


Garth Maxwell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rena Owen ... Katie
Dean O'Gorman ... Mark
Simon Prast ... Stephen
Nancy Brunning ... Fig
Sophia Hawthorne Sophia Hawthorne ... Sally
Simon Westaway ... Eddie
Judith Gibson Judith Gibson ... Magazine Reporter
Barret Irwin Barret Irwin ... Dreadlock Guy
Yolan Moodley Yolan Moodley ... Boy at Club
Jon Brazier Jon Brazier ... Recording Engineer
Celia Nicholson Celia Nicholson ... Drunk Woman
Grant Triplow Grant Triplow ... Waiter
Lulu Alach Lulu Alach ... Lounge Bar Waitress
John Dybvig John Dybvig ... Lounge Bar Man
Irene Drake Irene Drake ... Lounge Bar Woman


Between getting trashed, tripping, blowing guys off and writing songs, Mark falls for Stephen. Fig and Sally put perform Marks songs between casual sex with anyone and everyone. Katie is a few-hit wonder who hit rock-bottom in L.A and returns to New Zealand to patch her life back together. Stephen, Mark and Katie branch out for a slumber party at a beach house of their better days. Fig and Sally arrive, and not long after Eddie arrives also (Katies American guy). Mark stops running away from Stephens love, Katie and Eddie get engaged and Fig and Sally ... have sex? Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Stephen: Life's a stage.
Katie: Life's a bitch.
Stephen: Life's a bitch on the stage.
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Becoming Open To Love: Good Film Despite Rough Edges
7 August 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Garth Maxwell co-wrote and directed this 1998 New Zealand film and despite some rough edges in the production process and in areas of weak scripting and format, the message of repairing our individual perception problems in order to be open to acknowledge and embrace love when it comes along is a story worth telling. In the case of this film, it is three stories worth telling! Mark (Dean O'Gorman) is a wannabe songwriter, poet, druggie, and hedonist who has problems with intimacy (we are unsure whether he is comfortable with his sexuality, whether he has been a hustler to support his nebulous lifestyle...). He is introduced to us by his 'pals' - two lesbian performers Fig (Nancy Brunning) and Sally (Sophia Hawthorne) - in a narrative way and who proceed to tell us Mark's history as it has developed in their eyes (this is a bit stagy and awkward, but it gets the story rolling). Mark is the heartthrob of Stephen (Simon Prast), an older, more mature man than Mark who tries to lead him into a productive life. Into town comes New Zealand's most popular singer Katie Keen (Rena Owen) who has come home from a long stay in Los Angeles where her career has been on the skids. She is no longer young, no longer has engagements, and is in need of her closest friend Stephen's consolation.

Katie must confront her age and her career state, Stephen must move on his deep feelings for Mark, Mark must get off the wild life and focus on what matters, and Fig and Sally need to get their amateur status boosted. The cycle of these needs is magnified when the five go to a beach house and Katie's 'boyfriend' Eddie (Simon Westaway) shows up with some surprise news that changes Katie's life, allows Stephen and Mark to confront their blocks, and provides an opportunity for Fig and Sally they least expected.

The cast is for the most part very strong. There are moments of rather bad music performance that could have been edited without diminishing the story, and there are some script techniques that get in the way. But by and large this is a feel good movie that deals with relationships of all types and offers light to people who think they are incapable of love. Maxwell is saying to be ready when love comes along!

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9 September 1999 (New Zealand) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand See more »


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$3,242, 27 June 1999

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