Donna Akersten

Meet the Feebles (1989)

Heidi, the star of the "Meet The Feebles Variety Hour" discovers her lover Bletch, The Walrus, is cheating on her. And with all the world waiting for the show, the assorted co-stars must contend with drug addiction, extortion, robbery, disease, drug dealing, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Donna Akersten  •  Stuart Devenie  •  Mark Hadlow  •  Brian Sergent

Heidi, the star of the "Meet The Feebles Variety Hour" discovers her lover Bletch, The Walrus, is cheating on her. And with all the world waiting for the show, the assorted co-stars must contend with drug addiction, extortion, robbery, disease, drug dealing, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Donna Akersten  •  Stuart Devenie  •  Mark Hadlow  •  Brian Sergent

Sleeping Dogs (1977)

Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Nevan Rowe  •  Ian Mune  •  Warren Oates

Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Donaldson
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Nevan Rowe  •  Ian Mune  •  Warren Oates

The Last Tattoo (1994)

In 1943, U.S. marines are stationed near Wellington. One of them is murdered by the boss of the Hotel Workers Union, who is sitting pretty, exempt from military service and living it up on black market profits. Girls under the control of the union - of whom the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Reid
CAST:  Tony Goldwyn  •  Kerry Fox  •  Robert Loggia  •  Rod Steiger

In 1943, U.S. marines are stationed near Wellington. One of them is murdered by the boss of the Hotel Workers Union, who is sitting pretty, exempt from military service and living it up on black market profits. Girls under the control of the union - of whom the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Reid
CAST:  Tony Goldwyn  •  Kerry Fox  •  Robert Loggia  •  Rod Steiger

Bread & Roses (1993)

Based upon the life of activist and trade unionist (and later MP) Sonja Davies. The film covers her life up to 1956, when, at age 33, she was elected to the Nelson Hospital Board. During this period she develops strong socialist beliefs, marries and divorces, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Geneviève Picot  •  Mick Rose  •  Donna Akersten  •  Raymond Hawthorne

Based upon the life of activist and trade unionist (and later MP) Sonja Davies. The film covers her life up to 1956, when, at age 33, she was elected to the Nelson Hospital Board. During this period she develops strong socialist beliefs, marries and divorces, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gaylene Preston
CAST:  Geneviève Picot  •  Mick Rose  •  Donna Akersten  •  Raymond Hawthorne

Middle Age Spread (1979)

Colin is the deputy principal of a city high school (Avondale College, Auckland) who reluctantly applies for the principal's job on the latter's retirement. Colin's wife, Elizabeth - who is losing interest in him -gives a dinner party. Among the guests is Judy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Reid
CAST:  Grant Tilly  •  Dorothy McKegg  •  Peter Sumner  •  Bridget Armstrong

Colin is the deputy principal of a city high school (Avondale College, Auckland) who reluctantly applies for the principal's job on the latter's retirement. Colin's wife, Elizabeth - who is losing interest in him -gives a dinner party. Among the guests is Judy, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Reid
CAST:  Grant Tilly  •  Dorothy McKegg  •  Peter Sumner  •  Bridget Armstrong

Bad Blood (1982)

During World War 2, a farmer in New Zealand murders seven people. The police, along with local Maori trackers, hunt him in the bush country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Newell
CAST:  Jack Thompson  •  Carol Burns  •  Denis Lill  •  Donna Akersten

During World War 2, a farmer in New Zealand murders seven people. The police, along with local Maori trackers, hunt him in the bush country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Newell
CAST:  Jack Thompson  •  Carol Burns  •  Denis Lill  •  Donna Akersten

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CAST:  Liane Forestieri  •  Wayne Carpendale  •  Helmut Zierl  •  Michelle Leuthart

Squeeze (1980)

Richard Turner made Squeeze to break the "conspiracy of silence" about homosexuality. A pioneering early portrait of Auckland's LGBT scene, Squeeze centres on the relationship between a young man (Paul Eady) and the confident executive (Robert Shannon) who romances ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Turner
CAST:  Donna Akersten  •  Paul Eady  •  Don Farr  •  Faye Flegg

Richard Turner made Squeeze to break the "conspiracy of silence" about homosexuality. A pioneering early portrait of Auckland's LGBT scene, Squeeze centres on the relationship between a young man (Paul Eady) and the confident executive (Robert Shannon) who romances ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Turner
CAST:  Donna Akersten  •  Paul Eady  •  Don Farr  •  Faye Flegg

Te Rua (1991)

A hundred years after the theft from New Zealand of three irreplaceable tribal carvings, two Maori, Rewi and Peter, decide it's time for ancient grievances to be put right. Both men are in Berlin where the carvings are stored in a museum. Plans go awry when a group ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Barclay
CAST:  Wi Kuki Kaa  •  Peter Kaa  •  Nissie Herewini  •  Maria Fitzi

A hundred years after the theft from New Zealand of three irreplaceable tribal carvings, two Maori, Rewi and Peter, decide it's time for ancient grievances to be put right. Both men are in Berlin where the carvings are stored in a museum. Plans go awry when a group ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Barclay
CAST:  Wi Kuki Kaa  •  Peter Kaa  •  Nissie Herewini  •  Maria Fitzi