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

 

TV Drama Based on New Zealand Tragedy to Air This Week

TV Drama Based on New Zealand Tragedy to Air This Week

Tangiwai: A Love Story airs 8:30pm TVOne this Sunday

The first television drama to be based on the 1953 Tangiwai railway disaster will be screened on TVNZ this Sunday night. Tangiwai: A Love Story tells of the tragedy that shook our nation through the love story of New Zealand cricketing legend, Bob Blair and his nineteen-year-old fiancé. This tale remains one of our country’s most powerful and heart-wrenching stories.

For Director, Charlie Haskell, the production has been an intense but rewarding challenge. “There were so many human stories around Tangiwai. After you hear the stories, and the personal stories particularly, it does mean a hell of a lot more to you. We all wanted to pay due respects to all the people, the families of the victims.”

The Oscar-winning Weta Workshop has been involved in the production, recreating the train, as well as the location itself, including the tracks, the river and lahar. “We tried to make everything as true to what really happened as possible” says Weta Team Leader, Ian Ruxton.

Tangiwai is written and produced by Paula Boock and Donna Malane, the owners of Lippy Pictures. It is directed by Charlie Haskell (Hercules, Xena and Maddigan’s Quest) and stars Rose McIver (as Nerissa Love), Ryan O’Kane (Bob Blair) and Dean O’Gorman (Bert Sutcliffe).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland