THE UNCERTAIN SEASON
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First screened on AKTV-2 Sunday 9 September, 1962
The Uncertain Season is a pictorial essay by Shirley Maddock about spring – “anything from spring cleaning, spring onions, spring chickens to spring hats.”
Women model cocktail and evening wear; a visit to the local hardware shop where a young boy plays with newly hatched chickens; vegetables and flowers on display at green grocers; field of daffodils; new born lambs; pretty young women model 1960s chic spring hats; policemen on the beat; young couple walk hand in hand through park; large magnolia tree in bloom; children playing at beach; yachties tend to their boats; planting spring seeds; young lady walking through field of daffodils; spring blossoms.
“The pretty girls in those extraordinary examples of 1960s chic (made by a French milliner in Remuera called Yvette Tresor) were all broadcasting staff, typists, p.a.s. etc and we shot the sequence in the olive grove on One Tree HIll. The only professional ‘TV personality’ appearing was Alma Johnson, AKTV-2’s first woman continuity announcer.”
Quoted information is from a letter written by Shirley Maddock, 27 May 1989
Subsequent research has revealed the names of 2 models: Coranie Van Camp and Patricia Bowater (dark hair).
Reference number F1916
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA
Production company NZBC
Producer: Shirley Maddock
Director: Shirley Maddock
Script: Shirley Maddock
Commentary: Shirley Maddock
Editing: Alton Francis
Editing: Shirley Maddock
Camera: Donald B Whyte