This unique comedy was partly improvised by director Stephen Sinclair from his friends' circumstances. When his female lead, Danielle Cormack, announced she was pregnant, that became a central theme, and an opportunity to go to Niue provided a stunning new location. And the title is practically irrelevant to the story – it is the name of a film that features in the movie. Topless women began life as a television series with very short episodes (only three to four minutes long), made on a tiny budget by a group of friends having a great time, and it was then turned into one of the best New Zealand films of the 1990s. Watch the trailer.
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Reference: Topless women talk about their lives. Producer, Fiona Copland; producer and director, Harry Sinclair. John Swimmer Productions, 1997.
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