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Encyclopedia > Sleeping Dogs (film)
Sleeping Dogs
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Produced by Roger Donaldson
Larry Parr
Writer Arthur Baysting
Ian Mune
based on novel by Christian K. Stead
Starring Sam Neill
Ian Mune
Nevan Rowe
Warren Oates
Release date 1977
Runtime 107 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Sleeping Dogs is a 1977 film and the first feature film by director Roger Donaldson. Featuring Sam Neill and Warren Oates it is notable for being the first feature-length 35 mm film produced entirely in New Zealand. Based on the novel Smith's Dream by writer C. K. Stead, it was also the first feature film to be produced in New Zealand since 1962. Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Arthur Baysting is a musician, songwriter, screenwriter, and comedian from New Zealand. ... Ian Mune (born 1941) is a New Zealand character actor and director. ... Sam Neill Sam Neill (born September 14, 1947) is an actor best known for his film and television performances. ... Ian Mune (born 1941) is a New Zealand character actor and director. ... Warren Oates (July 5, 1928 - April 3, 1982) was an American character actor. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Films are produced by recording actual people and objects with cameras, or by creating them using animation techniques and/or special effects. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Sam Neill Sam Neill (born September 14, 1947) is an actor best known for his film and television performances. ... Warren Oates (July 5, 1928 - April 3, 1982) was an American character actor. ... Simulated 35 mm film with soundtracks - The outermost strips (on either side) contain the SDDS soundtrack as an image of a digital signal. ... Christian Karlson Stead (October 17, New Zealand writer whose works include novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


A political thriller with action film elements, it follows the lead character "Smith" (Neill) as New Zealand plunges into a police state as a right-wing government institutes martial law after industrial disputes flare into violence. Smith gets caught between the special police and a growing resistance movement and becomes reluctantly becomes involved. Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... Action movies usually involve a fairly straightforward story of good guys versus bad guys, where most disputes are resolved by using physical force. ... A police state is a political condition where the government maintains strict control over society, particularly through suspension of civil rights and often with the use of a force of secret police. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... Martial law is the system of rules that takes effect (usually after a formal declaration) when a military authority takes control of the normal administration of justice. ... Striking Teamsters defend themselves with pipes against armed police in the streets of Minneapolis, 1934. ...


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In 1969, however, a report written by Phillip Adams for the Australia Council Film Committee recommended government action, and the Prime Minister of the day, John Gorton, pushed the recommendations, legislating in 1970 for an Australian Film and Television Development Corporation (later the Australian Film Commission) and for an experimental film fund.
Though genre film making has been patchy and the results often lacking in a real understanding of the requirements of the generic form, there have also been conspicuous successes.
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