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A film memoir based on NZ filmmaker Gaylene Preston’s (Bread & Roses, War Stories) interviews with her father about his World War II experiences. Stars Martin Henderson.

Ed Preston (old Ed is played by Tony Barry, young Ed is played by Martin Henderson) is on his way home from rugby practice in 1940, when he signs up for the New Zealand Army to fight in World War II. His new wife, Tui, is pregnant and distraught, but he tells her not to worry, he’ll be home by Christmas. And so he is – four years later – after escaping from a prison camp in Italy. But while Ed is away, Tui has fallen in love with another man.

2010Rating: PG, Contains Low Level Offensive Language95 minsNew Zealand
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomance
Director:
Gaylene Preston ('Bread & Roses', 'War Stories')
Writer:
Gaylene Preston
Cast:
Tony Barry
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TVNZ

TVNZ

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Through old photos, footage from the times and period recreation, the whole story of Ed Preston comes to life - it's a bold narrative touch which makes the memoir stand out.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told

5.0
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Newshub

Newshub

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This well-timed kiwi outing from filmmaker Gaylene Preston will attract a passionate audience, with the kind of film many will augment with their own personal stories for a more intimate resonance.

3.0
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I know that POW's are reluctant to talk about their experiences and Tony did a fine job in recalling these but at times his voice was a bit monotonous. A shame that Martin and Tui did not have more to say when he returned home. Young Edward such a fine young boy.Well done though.

4.0
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I call it a Doco Movie. As a Baby Boomer I thought it was great

5.0
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This movie was a documentary and not quite good enough to go on our large screens. It should have featured on TV. Too much forwarding of the story by talk from the father and not enough dramatisation leaving the audience feeling a bit robbed. The war story itself could have been more interesting, especially using info in regard to him having relationships...

2.0
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A cleverly constructed film which introduced the viewer into the experiences of war which have been rarely been spoken about. The frustrations of being a soldier were highlighted, and while many would want to visualise the hand to hand combat, with bodies falling, or being felled, so much of the time was involved with waiting around for some meaningful...

5.0
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Great Kiwi Film, If you don't like this movie, you've got no culture! Awsome performance form Mr Tony Barry.

5.0
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Hello to all those reviewers who have low retension,because there were no special effects, how sad. This was a true story worth the telling and it was Lovely. How many very "personal" stories have we had to watch from the USA, Australia,and Britain over the years and several have won awards and I've enjoyed them too. I suggest to the people with Tall Poppy...

5.0
0

I enjoyed this movie. On the surface it's a good yarn about an interesting time but it pays to look a little deeper. Most movies do all the work for us using big budget special effects and our imaginations have gotten lazy but with this movie you need to observe the subtle body language and give your imagination a workout to understand the other dimensions...

4.0
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but thoroughly enjoyable, and why wouldnt it play overseas. There will be many families around the world who lived through this period and will easily relate to the story from little ole NZ. Worth every minute of watching. Only criticism lies in Gaylene's persistent attempt at "entrapment" of her father with respect of the things men might get up to when...

4.0
0

The acting here was good, particularly Tony Barry. I really did believe that he was Ed Preston. It was obviously a passion project, and the stories he told were never boring, and he was obviously occupying the right frame of mind, as he was completely believable. However, Tui's side of the narrative is left lacking as it has no resolution to speak of. The...

3.0
0

As I watched this movie memories of my childhood were revealed again. This was such a moving account of those times that it felt as if my own Father was retelling his own experiences. So heartfelt. Thank you.

5.0
0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Through old photos, footage from the times and period recreation, the whole story of Ed Preston comes to life - it's a bold narrative touch which makes the memoir stand out.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told

5.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This well-timed kiwi outing from filmmaker Gaylene Preston will attract a passionate audience, with the kind of film many will augment with their own personal stories for a more intimate resonance.

3.0
0

I know that POW's are reluctant to talk about their experiences and Tony did a fine job in recalling these but at times his voice was a bit monotonous. A shame that Martin and Tui did not have more to say when he returned home. Young Edward such a fine young boy.Well done though.

4.0
0

I call it a Doco Movie. As a Baby Boomer I thought it was great

5.0
0

This movie was a documentary and not quite good enough to go on our large screens. It should have featured on TV. Too much forwarding of the story by talk from the father and not enough dramatisation leaving the audience feeling a bit robbed. The war story itself could have been more interesting, especially using info in regard to him having...

2.0
0

A cleverly constructed film which introduced the viewer into the experiences of war which have been rarely been spoken about. The frustrations of being a soldier were highlighted, and while many would want to visualise the hand to hand combat, with bodies falling, or being felled, so much of the time was involved with waiting around for some meaningful...

5.0
0

Great Kiwi Film, If you don't like this movie, you've got no culture! Awsome performance form Mr Tony Barry.

5.0
0

Hello to all those reviewers who have low retension,because there were no special effects, how sad. This was a true story worth the telling and it was Lovely. How many very "personal" stories have we had to watch from the USA, Australia,and Britain over the years and several have won awards and I've enjoyed them too. I suggest to the people with Tall...

5.0
0

I enjoyed this movie. On the surface it's a good yarn about an interesting time but it pays to look a little deeper. Most movies do all the work for us using big budget special effects and our imaginations have gotten lazy but with this movie you need to observe the subtle body language and give your imagination a workout to understand the other...

4.0
0

but thoroughly enjoyable, and why wouldnt it play overseas. There will be many families around the world who lived through this period and will easily relate to the story from little ole NZ. Worth every minute of watching. Only criticism lies in Gaylene's persistent attempt at "entrapment" of her father with respect of the things men might get up to when...

4.0
0

The acting here was good, particularly Tony Barry. I really did believe that he was Ed Preston. It was obviously a passion project, and the stories he told were never boring, and he was obviously occupying the right frame of mind, as he was completely believable. However, Tui's side of the narrative is left lacking as it has no resolution to speak of....

3.0
0

As I watched this movie memories of my childhood were revealed again. This was such a moving account of those times that it felt as if my own Father was retelling his own experiences. So heartfelt. Thank you.

5.0
0