Story: Fiction

The scarecrow movie poster

All four of Ronald Hugh Morrieson's novels have been turned into movies, the underground goings-on of small town New Zealand being perfect fodder for the big screen. The scarecrow was the first – it was released on film in 1981. The opening line of the book, 'The same night our fowls were taken, Daphne Moran had her throat cut', provided the tagline for the film poster.

In the sound clip, a friend of Morrieson's recalls his storytelling abilities as a child. It seems that even at a tender age, he knew what people got up to behind closed doors. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-E-CINEMA-1982-03
Poster by Peter Siddell

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Poster courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission; Sound courtesy of The Audio History Charitable Trust of New Zealand Sound courtesy of The Audio History Charitable Trust of New Zealand

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How to cite this page:

Lydia Wevers, 'Fiction - New writers after the Second World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/41934/the-scarecrow-movie-poster (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Lydia Wevers, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 19 Aug 2015