Once Were Warriors was an internationally successful film that honestly opened the eyes of cinema goers to an unexamined aspect of modern New Zealand life. Director Lee Tamahori's visceral and hard hitting depiction of gang and domestic violence amongst an urban Māori whānau, was adapted from the best-selling Alan Duff novel by screenwriter Riwia Brown. Produced by Robin Scholes, the film provided career-defining roles for Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen as Jake the Mus and Beth Heke. It is NZ most watched local release (besting Boy by bums on seats measure).
You’re not gonna hurt my babies anymore.– Beth Heke (Rena Owen)
Title licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.
Music composed by Murray Grindlay and Murray McNabb.
Song 'What's the Time, Mr Wolf?' by Southside of Bombay.