Jacki Kerin and Gerda in their roles as owner and head nurse of Montclare - a retirement home for the aged.

Next of Kin was released in 1982, directed by Tony Williams and featured Jacki Kerin in the main role. Just like The Clinic stands out among Gerda's screen work because it is a comedy, Next of Kin stands out just as much - it is a blood-stained horror movie.

We are taken to a deserted country side somewhere in Australia, where Jacki Kerin's character Linda has learned that her mother has died and left her daughter with the family estate. The house, called Montclare, was turned into a retirement home some years before, as the family could not afford to keep it as their private residence.

Linda has been away from Montclare a long time, but soon settles in. She finds a good companion in Montclare's head nurse Connie, which is Gerda's character. Her introduction in the film is quite dramatical as she scares the living daylights out of Linda when she appears in a flash of lightning in the middle of the night.

One stormy night an odd couple arrives at Montclare - an old lady, who is cared for by a younger man. Linda does not want new residents, but Connie persuades her that it is only good for the economic situation. However, Linda starts to realise that not everything is quite as it should be as one of the residents is found dead in his bath, and Linda remembers a similar childhood experience at Montclare.

As a distortion, Linda turns to her mother's diaries where she learns that there occured equal unexplained deaths some twenty years ago. When going through some other papers, she finds out that her dead aunt still seems to receive aid by the Montclare estate, all authorised by the family doctor Barton (Alex Scott). Soon, Linda realises that both Dr. Barton and Connie seems to know something more than she does, but they are reluctant to tell her anything. However, as both the doctor and Connie meet with tragic ends, we realise that they have little to do with the mysterious killings that has started to occur more and more frequently.

Gerda's character is quite difficult to label, but her mysteriousness is probably created by the director and the script writer to confuse the audience - as mentioned above she eventually turns out to be one of the 'good guys'. Like in other screen works, Gerda's personal calmness shines through and creates a very likeble, yet mysterious, character.

Head nurse Connie and the good doctor Barton are almost caught in the act by Linda as they exersise their secretive relationship.
Gerda as hospital matron Connie.