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The Semisis

Price: NZ$40.95

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 4 x 23 mins
Year: 1996/7

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1996 saw the production of another Skitz spin-off called The Semisis, featuring the popular dysfunctional Samoan family from Skitz Milburn Place.

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The show’s concept had originated with Skitz writers Dave Armstrong and Kerry Jimson. The Script was written by Dave Armstrong with assistance from Danny Mulheron, the cast, and the Milburn Place storylining team – a group of young Samoans from Porirua, a Wellington suburb. Danny Mulheron directed. Three further half-hour episodes of The Semisis were shot in 1997.

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The Hothouse

Price: NZ$65.00

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Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Duration: 7 x 44 mins
Year: 2007

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The Hothouse follows the complicated lives of a group of 20-somethings who share a run down, but very cool, inner-city flat.

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Three are cops and one’s a lawyer, but this isn’t your average cop show. They struggle with being ‘upholders of the law’ but their personal dilemmas are far more intriguing than their day jobs.

Into the flat comes a rogue, a charmer, who’s on the wrong side of the law (but the others don’t know that yet). His arrival sparks a rapid chain of events that disrupt the already delicate balance of the house. Confrontational, contemporary drama mixed with moments of black humour, The Hothouse explores themes of loyalty, morality, friendship and, of course, love.

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The Game of Our Lives

Price: NZ$60.00

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How rugby shaped New Zealand from 1870 to 1995

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 4 x 46 min episodes
Year: 1996

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‘The Game of Our Lives’ presents rugby as a mirror of New Zealand’s social history and identity, from the first rugby club in 1870 to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It also explores the game’s unique connection with M?ori. It includes rare footage documenting the history of rugby in New Zealand and some of the game’s greatest players.
Each episode visits iconic paddocks (from schools to stadiums) and players (from amateurs Nepia, Meads, and Shelford, to professional star Lomu and his meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela in 1995).
Episode 1: HOME & AWAY – The game of English gentlemen finds a new home in New Zealand. The first recorded game is played in Nelson in 1870.
Episode 2: THE TIES THAT BIND – After the dreadful effects of World War 1, rugby catches the collective imagination and becomes New Zealand’s abiding obsession for the next half century.
Episode 3: TRIES & PENALTIES – New Zealand and South Africa’s shared love of rugby joined two peoples. Yet because of rugby, the struggle for racial equality in South Africa would become a painful part of New Zealand history.
Episode 4: THE NEW BALL GAME – Television stands in the centre of a new rugby money go round as professionalism arrives. Jonah Lomu becomes the game’s first superstar.

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Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby – Series 2

Price: NZ$42.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Letterbox
Duration: 7 x 22 mins
Year: 2006
Rating: [M]

The unrepentant politically incorrect Mr Gormsby is back in series two of the satirical New Zealand television series created and written by Danny Mulheron. Things have gone downhill since Gormsby was sacked and the gibbering wreck of a principal, Roger Dasent, was taken away in an ambulance. The scheming Steve from Guidance finds himself in charge of a school where gambling, pornography and drug abuse are spiralling out of control. And thatís just in the staffroom. In this second series Gormsby is reinstated to solve a car bombing, coach the first XV in their annual game against the local prison, organise a school camp and use ballroom dancing to teach the boys gallantry. With amalgamation with a posh girls’ school looming Gormsby addresses the sticky business of sex.

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Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby – Series 1

Price: NZ$42.00

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Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Letterbox
Duration: 7 x 22mins
Year: 2005
Rating: [M]

Seven Periods With Mr Gormsby is an unrepentant politically incorrect, roller-coaster romp about an extraordinarily eccentric secondary school teacher…

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…who the Education Review Office in their last assessment described as follows: “Mr Gormsby is an out-dated, reactionary, racist, sexist teacher completely out of touch with educational theory in the second millennium. He defies the curriculum in every subject and is a disgrace to the profession. He should have no place in any state or private school. We will close Tepapawai Boys High and appoint a commissioner if Mr Gormsby is not replaced forthwith.”

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Holly’s Heroes

Price: NZ$82.00

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Format: DVD
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Duration: 26 x 22 mins
Year: 2004/5
Rating: [G]

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The story is about 14 year old Holly and celebrates the importance of friendship and the rewards that come from participation and a simple love of sports.

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The series explores questions about belonging, about family and loyalty, and connections back to the land of your ancestors.

Holly is a basketball fanatic. In a life that has involved one move after another, basketball is her one constant. Holly’s father is a marine biologist and has regularly been posted to different cities around New Zealand to provide expertise. Holly is used to change, but her father’s career postings have meant she has never experienced lasting friendships and the comfort of a constant environment. One of the main reasons behind the family’s move to Woolich is her parents desire for her to spend time in one place and to experience life in a real community.

The move from New Zealand to Australia is an upheaval – but the pain is lessened for Holly, because Woolich is home to the RAMS, the best junior basketball team in the state. Basketball is Holly’s usual way of acceptance in a new town. A talented player, she has come to take for granted a place on the team. However, she’s never been able to stay in one place long enough to play out a whole season: and more importantly, she’s never been a part of a championship team.

On arrival in Woolich, Holly is unfazed by the “fush and chups” taunts about her Kiwi accent – but when she tries out for the team and doesn’t make it, Holly sees red. Undeterred she decides to make her own team – the OUTLAWS. This move upsets a number of locals, and tensions are exacerbated when Holly’s team wins the regional final, beating the much-valued local RAMS. By winning the regional final, Holly’s team makes the grade to the national league. This league includes a team from New Zealand, the WAKAS.

As the OUTLAWS practice and time draws near to travelling to New Zealand for the match, Holly’s loyalties are scrutinised by her team-mates. Is she an OUTLAW or a WAKA – she is after all a born and bred true-blue Kiwi!

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