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Middle Age Spread [Region 4]

By Roger Hall Keith Aberdein

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Release Date: 18 July 1979
Based on the play by Roger Hall, Middle Age Spread centres on Colin, the deputy principal of a city high school At home his wife Elizabeth has settled into the role of an increasingly disinterested partner. As the film begins, she's giving a dinner party to which four friends have been invited. Flashbacks throughout the film reveal the secrets of all the dinner guests, most importantly the slow-growing love affair between Colin and Judy, a teacher at Colin's school.
Middle Age Spread was the feature debut from director John Reid (Carry Me Back), as well as the debut of cinematographer Alun Bollinger (Goodbye Pork Pie), writer Keith Aberdein (Utu) and editor Mike Horton (Once Were Warriors). Based on the 1977 play by Roger Hall

Middle Age Spread centres on Colin, the deputy principal of a city high school. He’s a reluctant applicant for the principal’s job but the pressures of school life don’t encourage him to seek this promotion. At home his wife Elizabeth has settled into the role of an increasingly disinterested partner. As the film begins, she’s giving a dinner party to which four friends have been invited. One of them is Judy, a teacher who has had a temporary job at Colin’s school. She’s with her husband but the two have had a long separation and have been reconciled only for the sake of the children. Two other neighbours make up the guests at the dinner party and what happens during the evening makes for a unique ‘comedy of bad manners.’ The dinner party is only a part of this film – flashbacks reveal the secrets of all the dinner guests, most importantly the slow-growing love affair between Colin (who has taken up jogging in an effort to combat his spreading waistline) and Juldy. The climax, which ends the dinner and also the film, is electric.


This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 94 minutes
Format: PAL/NTSC
Aspect: 4x3
Region: 4
Director: John Reid
Cast: Grant Tilly (Colin), Dorothy McKegg (Elizabeth), Peter Sumner (Reg), Bridget Armstrong (Isobel), Donna Akersten (Judy), Bevan Wilson (Robert), Kerry McGregor (Jane), John Linaker (Roddy), Sophie Perkins (Caroline), David Mahon (Stephen)
Producer: John Barnett
Publisher: Roger Hall Keith Aberdein
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This is the first important local movie to be filmed entirely in Auckland, the first to be billed as comedy, and the first to be adapted from a stage play of already proved success. The greatest compliment that can be paid to the production is the fact that its stage origins are not much in evidence… indeed, one is tempted to the view that the film improves on the play. A truly professional job.”

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