Never Repeats Podcast is a film-by-film journey through modern New Zealand cinema, hosted by actor Hayden Frost and author L.J. Ritchie. We will watch, review, and discuss every New Zealand fiction feature film, from 1977’s Sleeping Dogs onwards. Our country has a tendency to exalt a small number of well-regarded films, and allow the rest of our sizable body of cinematic features to be forgotten. Most local films are shown theatrically on initial release, and never repeated. We intend to shine a light on the forgotten corners of our film history, see how these films play to a modern audience, and hopefully find some hidden gems along the way.
Hayden Frost is an Auckland-born, Wellington-raised actor with experience in both film and television, as well as on stage. He’s been passionate about cinema ever since Peter Jackson’s seminal Bad Taste warped his mind at the tender age of 11. While his tastes may skew more high-brow these days, his mind is still a desolate wasteland of exploitation movie trivia.
L.J. Ritchie is the Wellington-based author of young adult thriller Like Nobody’s Watching. He dabbled in amateur film-making as a teenager, and while his primary medium these days may be the written word, he maintains a healthy interest in film. With this podcast, he is finally able to justify his vast collection of New Zealand films, purchased from rental stores at the end of the VHS era, without which the project may not have been feasible.