Absent without leave VHS cover

Absent Without Leave - 1993

Meridian Film Productions - 95/101 minutes

Cast: Craig McLachlan, Katrina Hobbs, Tony Barry, Judie Douglass, Ken Blackburn
Sceenplay: James Edwards with Graeme Tetley; Photography: Allen Guilford; Composers: Don McGlashan, David Long, Mark Austin; Production Designer: Rick Kofoed; Editor: Paul Sutorius; Producer: Robin Laing;
Director: John Laing

In 1942 Wellington, Daisy Edwards, 16 and pregnant, relies totally on her just-wed husband, Ed, who is little older than she. Ed is suddenly drafted into the army and is to be sent overseas to battle while Daisy is sent to her father in Auckland. When Ed's leave is cancelled at the last minute he takes the dangerous decision to go absent without leave to be with Daisy on her journey home. As a deserter, Ed is hunted, captured and imprisoned. Life inside is bad enought without the worry of what is going on outside. The film is based upon a true story. Locations: Wellington and Wairarapa.

Censor Rating: PG - Review rating:B-

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VHS copies are available in both PAL and NTSC formats. There are no known DVD versions. New NTSC copies can be obtained from a few sources, but they will cost at least $20us. Used copies can be occationally found at ebay for about $5us or $7au.

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

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Four Word Film Review


Dominion, March 22, 1993
Listener, v.138no.2763(Mar.20 1993)
New Zealand herald, May 21, 1993
North & South Review by Brian McDonnell - April 1993 - For details or copies contact Kakapo Books
Sunday times, March 28, 1993


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