STARLIGHT HOTEL

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Year
1988
Reference
F3293
Media type
Moving image
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Rights Information
Year
1988
Reference
F3293
Media type
Moving image
Item unavailable online
Place of production
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Categories
Feature
Duration
1:35:00
Production company
Mirage films, Challenge Film Corporation
Credits
Kate: Greer Robson
Patrick: Peter Phelps
Detective Wallace: Marshall Napier
Spooner: The Wizard
Aunt: Alice Fraser
Uncle: Patrick Smyth
Dave Marshall: Bruce Phillips
Helen: Donogh Rees
Skip: Mervyn Glue
Mrs Skip: Shirley Kelly
Director: Sam Pillsbury
Producer: Finola Dwyer
Producer: Larry Parr
Screenplay: Grant Hinden Miller
Based On The Novel The Dream Mongers: Grant Hinden Miller
Director of Photography: Warrick Attewell (aka Waka)
Editor: Michael Horton
Music: Morton Wilson
Music: Andrew Hagan
Designer: Mike Becroft

It’s 1932 and rural New Zealand is in the midst of the Great Depression. Kate Marshall runs away from the care of her aunt and uncle to find her father in the city, hundreds of miles away. She is more than capable of looking after herself and is undaunted when thrown into contact with Patrick Dawson, who’s on the run from the police. The pair develop a bond of friendship and with the help of people along the way, a series of narrow escapes keeps them one step ahead of the police.

“...Starlight Hotel is a picaresque tale that charts the unlikely relationship that grows between a 13 year- old tearaway trying to find her father and a psychologically scarred survivor of World War I. For Pillsbury that relationship was the kernel of the film. ‘I wanted to show how two selfish people lose self- interest and begin to care. That’s a very small thing to make a movie about, but I wanted to see if I could make it work’” - (Brent Lewis, “A moving road movie”, New Zealand Listener, April 2, 1988)