Bad Blood - 1982
Southern Pictures - 105 min.
DVD UPC #9322225019737; 018619820056
Cast: Jack Thompson, Carol Burns, Dennis Lill, Elizabeth Watson, Michael Teen,
Donna Akersten, Martyn Sanderson, Marshall Napier.
Screenplay: Andrew Brown (based on the book 'Manhunt' by Howard
Willis); Designer: Kai Hawkins; Photography: Gary Hanson; Music:
Richard Hartley; Editor: Peter Hollywood; Producer: Andrew Brown;
Director: Mike Newall.
In October 1941, Stan Graham, a Westland smallholder, develops a
persecution complex and starts to threaten his neighbours. They
put up with it for awhile but things become intolerable. One day
a party of four policemen arrive to confiscate his firearms. This
causes a flashpoint for him - he loves his guns and is not going
to hand them over. He shoots all the cops and, in the ensuing
altercations, three more locals before heading to the hills. A
manhunt composed of police, army and homeguard is organised and
delivers Graham's come-uppance. Based upon a true event that
happened around the present community of Kowhitirangi, out of
Censor Rating: PG - Review rating: B