Vigil

Central figure is 11-year-old Toss (Fiona Kay), on the threshold of womanhood and caught in the tragedy of the death of her father and the coincidental arrival of a stranger, Ethan (Frank Whitten). It is primarily through her eyes, actions and interpretation of events, that the impact of Ethan's presence upon the household is registered.

With:
Penelope Stewart Frank Whitten Bill Kerr Fiona Kay

Central figure is 11-year-old Toss (Fiona Kay), on the threshold of womanhood and caught in the tragedy of the death of her father and the coincidental arrival of a stranger, Ethan (Frank Whitten). It is primarily through her eyes, actions and interpretation of events, that the impact of Ethan’s presence upon the household is registered.

While Toss is fascinated by Ethan’s mysterious aura, her mother Elizabeth (Penelope Stewart) is reawakened from a joyless marriage, and her grandfather Birdie (Bill Kerr) finds a comrade for his eccentric pranks and grandiose mechanical inventions.

The remarkable quality of the film is the way it gives fresh resonance to universal themes.

Vigil

New Zealand

Production: Film Investment/NZFC. Director Vincent Ward; Producer John Maynard; Screenplay Vincent Ward, Graeme Tetley; Camera Alun Bollinger; Editor Simon Reece; Music Jack Body; Art Director Kai Hawkins

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Penelope Stewart Frank Whitten Bill Kerr Fiona Kay

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