Among the Cinders is a 1983 New Zealand drama film directed by Rolf Hädrich and starring Paul O'Shea, Amanda Jones, Derek Hardwick and Yvonne Lawley. After a hunting accident in which his friend is killed (for which he blames himself) a boy (Nick) runs away from home and goes to live with his grandparents, where he matures into a man.
The film is based on the 1965 novel of the same name by New Zealand author Maurice Shadbolt, who appears in the film as Frank Flinders.
Nick Flinders is a lonely and moody youth. The one friend he has is a Maori boy, Sam Waikai. While they are hunting together in the bush, Sam is accidentally killed. Nick is injured, but he feels guilty and responsible for his friend's death. With the help of his eccentric grandfather, Nick learns about life and love.
Paul O'Shea ... Nick Flinders
Amanda Jones ... Glenys Appleby
Derek Hardwick ... Hubert Flinders, grandfather
Yvonne Lawley ... Beth Flinders, grandmother
Rebecca Gibney ... Sally
Bridget Armstrong ... Helga Flinders, mother
Maurice Shadbolt ... Frank Flinders
Marcus Broughton ... Derek Flinders
Christopher Hansard ... Michael
Ricky Duff ... Sam Waikai
Harata Solomon ... Mrs. Waikai
Michael Haigh ... Sergeant Crimmins
Peter Baldock ... Clergyman
Cherie O'Shea ... Nurse
Tom Poata ... Ahu
Ngaire Woods ... Kate
Des Kelly ... Fred
Sal Criscillo ... Photographer
Sela Apera ... Tera
Helena Ross ... Glenys' mother
Tamata Paua Bailey ... Māori orator
Lorna Langford ... Postmistress
David Hamilton ... Photograpjher's assistant
Ken Nicholas ... Golfer
Lil and Puti Te Runa ... Golfer's family
Cindy Turipa ... Sam's sister
Shelley Simpson ... model
Jill Ann Davis ... model
Production and screening
The film was made in 1983, but not submitted to the New Zealand censor until 1987. It has screened on New Zealand television and often on German television. It was shown at the 1984 Karlovy Vary Film Festival]], Czechoslovakia, and Derek Hardwick got a Special Jury Prize.