Before she was famous: Jennifer Ward-Lealand in Gone Up North for a While

The 1972 one-off drama Gone Up North for a While is an important part of our screen history in its own right.

Pioneering director Paul Maunder brought kitchen sink drama to New Zealand television with this controversial National Film Unit production.

It was about a young woman who falls pregnant and decides to go against the tide of advice from her family, and unsympathetic welfare authorities, to keep her baby. Misery and hardship ensues.

Kiwi actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand in her first role, in Gone Up North For A While.
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Kiwi actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand in her first role, in Gone Up North For A While.

The story can claim to have created social change, stirring up public debate about the DPB for single mothers.

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Jennifer Ward-Lealand.
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Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

But the classic drama was also an important part of the personal screen history of actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand, who makes her TV debut with a small non-speaking role at about 3'40" into part four, which you can see in this clip.

 

 

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