Story: Political values

Sleeping dogs

The 1977 New Zealand movie Sleeping dogs, based on the novel Smith’s dream by C. K. Stead, was a political thriller that portrayed a conflict between revolutionaries and a right-wing authoritarian state. This reflected contrasting political outlooks and values as the country began its nine-year period of government under the leadership of National Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

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Reference: Sleeping dogs. Producer and director, Roger Donaldson; writer, Arthur Baysting. Auckland: Aardvark Films, 1977.

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Stephen Levine, 'Political values - New Zealand politics and political values', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/36553/sleeping-dogs (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012