Absent Without Leave

Absent Without Leave (1993)

A True Story of Love, Conscience and Duty

  • Genre: Romance, Drama, War
  • Release Date: 1993-02-20
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 1 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New Zealand Film Commission
  • Production Country: New Zealand
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In 1942 Wellington, Daisy Edwards, 16 and pregnant, relies totally on her just-wed husband, Ed, who is little older than she. Ed is suddenly drafted into the army and is to be sent overseas to battle while Daisy is sent to her father in Auckland. When Ed's leave is cancelled at the last minute he takes the dangerous decision to go absent without leave to be with Daisy on her journey home. As a deserter, Ed is hunted, captured and imprisoned. Life inside is bad enought without the worry of what is going on outside. The film is based upon a true story.

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Writing Graeme Tetley Screenplay
Sound Don McGlashan Original Music Composer
Production Robin Laing Producer
Directing John Laing Director
Editing Paul Sutorius Editor
Art Rick Kofoed Production Design
Camera Allen Guilford Director of Photography
Writing James Edwards Screenplay
Art Danny Black Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Glenis Foster Costume Design
Production Jan Haynes Production Manager