A TRIP DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

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“SHOW up on time, know your lines, and don’t be a dick!” With those sage words, the late, great Mau­rie Fields set a young Re­becca Gib­ney, his co-star on on a path to fame and for­tune.

With no act­ing train­ing of note, the beau­ti­ful New Zealand­born star would build her ac­claimed ca­reer on deep wells of life ex­pe­ri­ence – the depths of which are ex­plored in this emo­tional episode of

Greet­ing her host with a smile and a gig­gle, the two set off around the streets of Welling­ton like naughty school­girls, in a mini – Gib­ney’s first car.

Things turn grim when she re­turns to one of her child­hood homes for the first time since her fa­ther Austin, died there of a heart at­tack, aged just 51. His vi­o­lent al­co­holism had long cast a dark shadow on those who loved him but he made peace with his daugh­ter, who cared for him in the last months of his life. This is a celebration of Gib­ney’s strength and that of her mother Shirley.

A con­fronting but ul­ti­mately cathar­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for the TV favourite.

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