Special screening of The Dog's Tale

Murray Ball co-wrote screenplay for 1986 movie with satirical cartoonist Tom Scott.

Murray Ball co-wrote screenplay for 1986 movie with satirical cartoonist Tom Scott.

ANIMATED: Wal's girlfriend Cheeky Hobson has a word with the Footrot Flats character, voiced by John Clarke in 'The Dog's Tale'. Picture supplied

PART-tribute to the late Murray Ball, part fundraiser, a special screening of the Footrot Flats-based movie The Dog’s Tale will be held at the Odeon on Sunday.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Alzheimers Gisborne. Mr Ball lived with the neurodegenerative disease for eight years, and he passed away on Sunday.

Mr Ball co-wrote the screenplay for the 1986 movie with satirical cartoonist Tom Scott. Dave Dobbyn provided the well-known theme song Slice of Heaven.

The story is told from the wry perspective of Dog, the nameless border collie adopted by farmer Wal, writes documentary director, Tony Hiles.

“It follows Wal’s bumbling rural adventures running a farm on Footrot Flats, lusting after the bulging hairdresser Cheeky Hobson, whitebaiting with his greenie neighbour Cooch, being terrorised by the Murphy brothers and daydreaming of becoming an All Black.”

New Zealand comic actor John Clarke (best known as the gumboot and black-singleted Kiwi character Fred Dagg) provides the voice for Wal.

'Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale' will screen at the Odeon on Sunday at 6.15pm.

PART-tribute to the late Murray Ball, part fundraiser, a special screening of the Footrot Flats-based movie The Dog’s Tale will be held at the Odeon on Sunday.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Alzheimers Gisborne. Mr Ball lived with the neurodegenerative disease for eight years, and he passed away on Sunday.

Mr Ball co-wrote the screenplay for the 1986 movie with satirical cartoonist Tom Scott. Dave Dobbyn provided the well-known theme song Slice of Heaven.

The story is told from the wry perspective of Dog, the nameless border collie adopted by farmer Wal, writes documentary director, Tony Hiles.

“It follows Wal’s bumbling rural adventures running a farm on Footrot Flats, lusting after the bulging hairdresser Cheeky Hobson, whitebaiting with his greenie neighbour Cooch, being terrorised by the Murphy brothers and daydreaming of becoming an All Black.”

New Zealand comic actor John Clarke (best known as the gumboot and black-singleted Kiwi character Fred Dagg) provides the voice for Wal.

'Footrot Flats: The Dog’s Tale' will screen at the Odeon on Sunday at 6.15pm.

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