Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Olivia Newton-John in Funny Things Happen Down Under



Listing details: Funny Things Happen Down Under film screening
When: 4.30pm, Sat 27 April & 4 May
Where: The New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington
Ticket price: $8 public / $6 concession

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Olivia Newton-John in Funny Things Happen Down Under

Catch a young Olivia Newton-John acting and singing her heart out in Funny Things Happen Down Under (1965), her first film role. This rarely screened Australia - New Zealand co-production was shot in Victoria when Newton-John was seventeen years old.

The family musical is a spin-off of the early-1960s Australian children’s TV series, The Adventures of The Terrible Ten. The film tells the story of a group of kids from rural Wallaby Creek who try to save their beloved woolshed headquarters from demolition. They try all sorts of creative schemes to raise the two hundred pounds demanded by the owner to save the old woolshed. They try selling Christmas puddings, producing bottled mineral water and, finally, they market multi-coloured sheep’s wool as a naturally-occurring phenomena - causing much hubbub.

Also starring Howard Morrison.

Funny Things Happen Down Under contains several charming song and dance numbers, and some fantastic 1960s clothing.

“The actors are likable, the children natural [...] but [the film is] rather self-conscious in its American-style dances and songs.” - Variety, October 20 1965

The film was billed as the first Australia - New Zealand co-production.

Funny Things Happen Down Under will be shown in two school holiday matinee screenings at the Film Archive, Wellington. 4.30pm Saturday 27 April and Saturday 4 May.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

February 2017: Guns N' Roses - New Zealand Dates Announced

Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for one of the century’s most anticipated tours... Rolling Stone said: "This was the real thing, the thing we'd all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.” More>>

Werewolf: Brando, Peckinpah And Billy The Kid

Gordon Campbell: Initially, One-Eyed Jacks was supposed to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script by Sam Peckinpah – yet it quickly became Brando’s baby... More>>

Book Awards: ANZAC Heroes Wins Margaret Mahy Book Of The Year

“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category. More>>

Baby Animals: Hamilton Zoo Rhino Calf Named

Hamilton Zoo’s latest rhino calf has been named Samburu and he's being celebrated with a unique zoo experience... Samburu arrived after his mother Kito’s 16-month pregnancy and the calf brings the number of white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo to six. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news