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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Short Film, 2001 (Full Length)
Michael Bennett’s preceding short film
Film, 2012 (Trailer)
An adult role for Darcey-Ray Flavell-Hudson
Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)
Also directed by Bennett
Short Film, 1996 (Full Length)
Another short film about a grieving young person
Television, 1979 (Full Length)
A teledrama exploring the ritual of tangi
Film, 2010 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)
A feature film directed by Bennett
Film, 2006 (Trailer and Excerpts)
Also features Taungaroa Emile and Miriama McDowell
Short Film, 2010 (Full Length)
Another teenage coming of age short film
Film, 2000 (Trailer)
Written by Bennett
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.