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A documentary on the three-day celebration of women’s culture that was the 1987 Mangawhai Women’s Festival. The film follows the development of the outdoor festival from its conceptual stages in mid-1986 to its culmination on 13-15 February 1987 at Mangawhai, north of Auckland.

The entire crew were women and the festival was open only to women and children.

The bands captured in the documentary are (in order of appearance): the Truda Chadwick Band, Putty In Her Hands (Charlotte Yates, Christine Jeffs), Women Of The Hokianga, Hilz And Frends (Hiliary King), Out Of The Compost (Karen Rush, Kirsty MacDonald, Robin Nathan), The Pikelets (Karin Kahurangi, Nettie Bird, Clare Bear), Girls Own Adventure, Let Your Hair Down (Trudi Green plus), Dead Famous People (Dons Savage, Biddy Leyland, Wendy Kjestrup, Jenny Renals, Robyn Tearle), Hot Doris & the Passionfruits, The Dolphins (Karin Kahurangi, Nettie Bird, Clare Bear), Kick Off, Foggy Pudding, Sweet Harmony (Mihinoa Naden, Hattie St John), Mahinaarangi Tocker, and Emma Peel. (Other musicians who played include Wendy Kjestrup and Donna Savage.)

The director, Fiona Niccol, was a longtime enthusiast of New Zealand music (she played bass guitar) and was present in the early Auckland punk scene in the 1970s. She filmed the Topp Twins in 1989, excerpts of which appear in ‘Untouchable Girls’. Fiona went on to direct critically acclaimed television for 60 Minutes and 20/20. She was the youngest sibling of writer/directors’ Linda and Andrew Niccol and she passed away in 2012.

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Year 1988

Reference number F2613

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Short

Duration 0:24:00

Credits Cast: Truda Chadwick Band
Cast: Putty In Her Hands
Cast: Women Of The Hokianga
Cast: Hilz And Frends
Cast: Out Of The Compost
Cast: The Pikelets
Cast: Girls Own Adventure
Cast: Let Your Hair Down
Cast: Dead Famous People
Cast: Hot Doris and the Passionfruits
Cast: The Passion Fruits
Cast: The Dolphins
Cast: Kick Off
Cast: Foggy Pudding
Cast: Sweet Harmony
Cast: Mahinaarangi Tocker
Cast: Emma Peel
Festival Organiser: Liz Lovell-Smith
Festival Organiser: Sandy Morris
Festival Organiser: Phillis Comerford
Festival Organiser: Kara Dodson
Festival Organiser: Jenny Renalls
Director: Fiona Niccol
Producer: Linda Milton
Producer: Liz Di Fiore
Assistant Director: Liz Di Fiore
On Line Editor: Sarah Cole
Off Line Editor: Liz Di Fiore
Production Assistant: Lauren Squires
Production Assistant: Amanda Gibbs
Sound Recordist: Samantha Blackley
Sound Recordist: Anne Spier
Sound Recordist: Fiona Gray
Camera (pre-festival): Linda Milton
Camera: Liz Di Fiore
Camera: Lisa Praeger
Camera: Amanda Royale
Live Sound Mix: Clare Bear
Funding: New Zealand Film Commission
Funding: The Creative Film
Funding: QEII Arts Council

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