Story: Country towns

Reaction to a massage parlour

In Geoff Steven’s 1978 film Skin deep, a masseuse arrives in a small North Island town and establishes the Spa Health Clinic. As this clip suggests, some people in the community were not pleased by this invasion of urban values. The conformism and social repression of small-town New Zealand became a common stereotype of life in country towns.

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Reference: Skin deep. Producer, John Maynard; director, Geoff Steven. Phase Three Films, 1978.

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Courtesy of Geoff Steven

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - A tight society, 1920–1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008