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  1. A full length short film.


One summer’s day, teenaged Jayde (Atarangi Manley) and Wiremu (Darcey-Ray Flavell-Hudson) tag along with their older siblings on a trip to a local swimming hole; young passions ignite by the Rotorua hot pool. Later, tragedy occurs and Jayde faces lost innocence and the ritual of tangi while bearing a secret. Michael Bennett’s short — cutting between Jayde’s experience of the day and its aftermath — was shot in his Te Arawa home environs. It won selection for the 2005 Berlin Film Festival; 'Mu' was an early role for Flavell-Hudson (Mt Zion, Ghost Chips ad fame).

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 Michael Bennett
 Atarangi Manley

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Wasn't this called 'Tangi'?

 Christine Mc

Christine Mc

Very good, worth watching.

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 Blueskin Films


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As a Māori writer and director, this film provided a unique opportunity to explore one of the most significant foundations of Māori custom, the tangi, the profoundly cathartic rites of tribute and farewell to the Dead. But on another level, the film is an exploration of Life – of that unique moment between childhood and adulthood, between innocence and sexuality, when a realm of exciting and confusing possibilities is opening before a young person’s eyes 
Don’t get your head in the water: the amoebas will eat your brain! 


Festivals include:

2006 Magma (Rotorua), 2005 Berlin, 2005 New Zealand, 2005 Rhode Island, 2005 National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, 2005 Melbourne, 2005 Brisbane, 2005 ImagineNATIVE, 2005 Bilbao, 2005 Prague, 2005 Taipei.