38 episodes

Never Repeats Podcast is a film-by-film journey through modern New Zealand cinema, hosted by actor Hayden Frost and author L.J. Ritchie. We will watch, review, and discuss every New Zealand fiction feature film, from 1977’s Sleeping Dogs onwards. Our country has a tendency to exalt a small number of well-regarded films, and allow the rest of our sizable body of cinematic features to be forgotten. Most local films are shown theatrically on initial release, and never repeated. We intend to shine a light on the forgotten corners of our film history, see how these films play to a modern audience, and hopefully find some hidden gems along the way.

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Never Repeats Podcast is a film-by-film journey through modern New Zealand cinema, hosted by actor Hayden Frost and author L.J. Ritchie. We will watch, review, and discuss every New Zealand fiction feature film, from 1977’s Sleeping Dogs onwards. Our country has a tendency to exalt a small number of well-regarded films, and allow the rest of our sizable body of cinematic features to be forgotten. Most local films are shown theatrically on initial release, and never repeated. We intend to shine a light on the forgotten corners of our film history, see how these films play to a modern audience, and hopefully find some hidden gems along the way.

    Episode 43: Other Halves (1984)

    Episode 43: Other Halves (1984)

    In our final episode of 2017 we watch Other Halves, a "dangerous love story" from novelist Sue McCauley and director John Laing. With McCauley adapting her own story for the screen and Laing having proved his directing chops with Beyond Reasonable Doubt, Other Halves looks like it has all the ingredients for a successful drama but commercial compromises threaten to send it off the rails. Hayden and L.J. sit down to discuss a movie that turns out to be more bizarre than either of them could have expected.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 42: Trial Run (1984)

    Episode 42: Trial Run (1984)

    On this episode of Never Repeats we're joined for the very first time by some guest hosts! Our friends Sarah and Cara drop by to help us discuss Trial Run, a thriller about a photographer menaced by an unseen presence while working at a secluded cottage. We talk about feminism, penguins, and red herrings, and argue about the effectiveness of the film's bonkers twist ending.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 41: American Horror/Thriller Halloween Special

    Episode 41: American Horror/Thriller Halloween Special

    In this special episode of Never Repeats we're watching three horror/thriller films that were shot in New Zealand during the '80s but aimed squarely at the American market. None of these are films we'd normally cover on this podcast, but we found an excuse to talk about them anyway! First up is Dead Kids, a tale of gruesome murders and shocking experiments in a small American town; next is Mesmerized, in which a young woman's unhappy marriage descends into hypnotism and murder; then comes Restless, about a bored, rich socialite who falls in love with the wrong man. We discuss horror conventions, bad accents, bonkers plot twists, and the perils of writing fiction with an historical setting.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 40: Came A Hot Friday (1984)

    Episode 40: Came A Hot Friday (1984)

    Arriba! When two hapless con artists attempt to run a horse-racing scam in the small provicial town of Tainuia they end up in far more trouble than they bargained for. A fast-paced and raucous comedy, Ian Mune's Came A Hot Friday brings another Ronald Hugh Morrieson story to the screen with style and creates one of the most indelible New Zealand movie characters in the process. Hayden and L.J. hold back their giggling long enough to talk about the craft behind the film's comedic set-pieces, the way the adaptation streamlines (and sanitises) Morrieson's novel, and Billy T. James' iconic performance as The Tainuia Kid.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 39: Second Time Lucky (1984)

    Episode 39: Second Time Lucky (1984)

    Do you enjoy puerile comedy, gratuitous nudity, and forced sentimentality? Oh boy do we have a film for you! When the Devil makes a bet with God that humanity would once again fall from grace if given a second chance, two college students find themselves propelled through history in the ultimate contest of Good vs. Evil. Designed to ride a wave of raunchy (and profitable) comedies produced in North America in the early '80s, Second Time Lucky imports an experienced British director and young American lead actors, and attempts to recreate the Garden of Eden near Thames.

    • 35 min
    Episode 38: Death Warmed Up (1984)

    Episode 38: Death Warmed Up (1984)

    What do you get when you mix together brainwashing, gory brain surgery, cryogenics, zombies, and motorbike chases? You get New Zealand's first horror film Death Warmed Up, a delirious tale of mad science and revenge. Hayden and L.J. dive in to discuss structure, influences, and Bruno Lawrence's exploding head.

    • 58 min

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