Kōrero: Feature film

Sleeping dogs, 1977

Sleeping dogs, 1977

Roger Donaldson's powerful action thriller Sleeping dogs was a landmark in New Zealand cinema when it premiered in 1977. The film launched the acting career of its star, Sam Neill, previously a novice director with the National Film Unit, who went on to an international career. His co-star, Ian Mune, who also co-wrote the film script, adapted from C. K. Stead's novel Smith's dream, later became a noted film director. The director of Sleeping dogs, Roger Donaldson, had learned his craft making television commercials. Funding a feature proved so demanding that Donaldson once gave the entire cast and crew an unexpected two-day break in the middle of shooting. He then went and made a television advertisement to ensure that everyone got paid that week. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-E-CINEMA-1977-01

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Courtesy of New Zealand Film Commission

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Helen Martin, 'Feature film - The 1970s film renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/ephemera/42473/sleeping-dogs-1977 (accessed 26 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Helen Martin, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014, reviewed & revised 21 May 2024 me te āwhina o Emma-Jean Kelly