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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

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

A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told

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Newshub

Newshub

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.

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