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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 4. 1969.


page 9


Scene from Joanna [film], potentially sensitive image

Scene from Joanna [film]

Those who saw Bedazzled will remember a featurette written and directed by the former pop-singer and actor Mike Same. His first Feature, Joanna, has been praised and condemned: some think it better than Blow Up, others call it a lot of rubbish. Same says: "Nobody makes films about today, about the world he lives in and this is precisely what we wanted to film. Every so-called 'contemporary' drama is about yesterday, about the safe world of established responses and attitudes. Joanna's world, on the other hand, was an environment I knew well, the world of artists and criminals and the idle, aimless society which makes up the metropolitan scene. The conclusions we drew in our film and related to day and for this reason there are no villains in Joanna, only heroes".

Genevieve Waite as Joanna, Christian Doermer, Calvin Lockhart, Glenna Fortster-jones and Donald Sutherland. Produced by Michael S. Laughlin (The Whisperers), photographed by Walter Lassally (Zorba The Greek), with music and lyrics by Rod McKuen. Written and directed by Michael Same. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox.