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Release Date: October 01, 1981

Year    :   1981
Slogan    :   «A breathtaking act of artistic dis-honesty»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Pacific Films (NZ)
Director    :   Michael Black
Producers    :   John O'Shea
Writers    :   John O'Shea
RunTime    :   87 mins.
Budget    :   400000

Walter Burton's realistic photographs depicting poor treatment of Maori prisoners are rejected by late 19th century government officials. Walter is condemned to making a living from everyday studio work, the frustration of which is apparently quite sufficient to make him a drunk. His brother Alfred is happy to take the photos that the officials want and therefore gets the commissions. Alfred's photos are well received, but when Walter shows his own photos, toughs are sent around to smash up his plates.


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