This lauded documentary revisits the subject of a film Vincent Ward made in 1978, aged 21. That film, In Spring One Plants Alone, told the story of 80-year-old Puhi, who lived with her schizophrenic son in the isolated Urewera. The follow-up — part detective doco, part historical re-enactment — focuses on Puhi's life. She married the son of Māori prophet Rua Kenana, had 14 children, and after a run of tragedies, believed herself to be cursed. The excerpt goes “way out there in the bush” to the Maungapohatu community where Rua, “made the city of God on Earth”.
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Film, 2005 (Trailer and Excerpts)
More Vincent Ward visions of our past
Film, 1984 (Trailer and Excerpts)
Another tale of children by Vincent Ward
Television, 1995 (Excerpts)
Another exploration of Tuhoe history
Television, 1989 (Full Length)
Also featuring Rena Owen
Television, 1987 (Full Length)
A Barry Barclay about the world of the Tuhoe
Short Film, 1978 (Excerpts)
Also directed by Vincent Ward
Television, 1998 (Excerpts)
Rua Kenana features in this doco
Television, 2011 (Full Length Episode)
Also features Rua Kenana’s village
Television, 2013 (Trailer)
Another feature film set in the Tuhoe world
Vincent Ward is one of our most acclaimed movie directors. His films have regularly won praise overseas for their originality, atmosphere and imagery. In this interview with Clare O'Leary, Vincent talks about his career...
2008 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Achievement in Original Music in Film: John Gibson and Jack Body
Nominated for Best Director, Cinematography and Sound Design (Hayden Collow, Dick Reade and Mike Hedges)