Trial Run DVD

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Trial Run - 1984

Mirage Film Productions - 90 min.
UPC - 9418212011287

Cast: Annie Whittle, Judith Gibson, Christopher Brown, Phillipa Mayne, Martyn Sanderson, Stephen Tozer, Lee Grant.
Crew: Screenplay: Melanie Read; Photographer: Allen Guilford - Penguin photographer: Robert Brown; Editor: Finola Dwyer; Music: Jan Preston; Producer: Don Reynolds; Director: Melanie Read.

A 35-year-old mother of two, keen runner and aspiring wildlife photographer, is given her first professional assignment, which requires leaving Auckland to rent a coastal cottage (on the Whangaparoa Peninsula). Her son is also a runner, and with records in mind, devises a way to improve his mother's performance. At the cottage strange, threatening occurrences convince her that she is being stalked by an unseen enemy. A psychological thriller with a decided feminist point of view.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C+

Trial Run
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New PAL VHS copies were last selling for $25nz. Used PAL copies have been spotted at ebay for under 10eur or $20nz.

As of 06 October, 2010, it became available on R0 PAL DVD presented in its original 1.33:1 format with 2.0 stereo sound, from NZ sources, for about $15nz. However, as of 2017 it is OOP.

Aro Video of Wellington has rental copies available for any New Zealand address

As of May 2018, Laserdisken of Denmark says they have copies for 249kr ($39us)

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"Read tried to make Trial Run with an all- woman crew but found this was not possible. However, about three- quarters of the crew and most important positions were held by women. Some people in the industry saw this as sexist, and depriving men of jobs. But Read says " I know it is hard for women to get started in the film industry. You have to exercise positive discrimination'" - (Kirstie Hamilton, "A Feminist Thriller?", New Zealand Listener, October 6, 1984)

"The standard woman- in- jeopardy formula gets stood firmly on end. For once female characters are shown as competent, responsible, and quite capable of fighting their own battles. Within the device of a genre movie, Read has pulled some daring switches and made them work most convincingly. She has done us all a big favour" - (Marc Knowles, "Feminine Touch", The Evening Post, November 11, 1984)


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