Review: ‘Middle Age Spread’

Middle Age Spread centres on Colin (Grant Tilly), a college teacher whose promotion to principal coincides with a number of personal crises.

Middle Age Spread centres on Colin (Grant Tilly), a college teacher whose promotion to principal coincides with a number of personal crises.

Not least are a widening girth, which has him jogging round the streets at night, and a tentative first-and-last affair with a much younger teaching colleague, Judy (Donna Akersten).

At a dinner party he hosts, with his increasingly sexually-disinterested wife, Elizabeth (Dorothy McKegg), the morality and values of their tight-knit circle of friends are played out with deadly accuracy.

To his credit, director John Reid, one of the actors in the original stage presentation, has created a film that is not just a pale adaptation of the play.

Middle Age Spread

New Zealand

Production

Endeavour/NZ Film Commission. Director John Reid; Producer John Barnett; Screenplay Keith Aberdein; Camera Alun Bollinger; Editor Michael Horton; Music Stephen McCurdy

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Grant Tilly Donna Akersten Dorothy McKegg Bridget Armstrong Bevan Wilson Peter Sumner
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