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A Witi Ihimaera short story about culture clash is the basis for this comic drama written and directed by Larry Parr — and set in the 1940s (perfectly evoked in the mist shrouded Taranaki hamlet of Whangamomona). It focuses on conflict between the local tohunga, Mr Hohepa, and a feisty Pākehā woman, Mrs Jones, as seen through the eyes of the young boy, Tawhai, who helps her deliver mail and groceries. The town is convinced Hohepa has placed a makutu (or curse) on Mrs Jones; but could more basic human emotions — beyond Tawhai’s experience — be at work?

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 Larry Parr
 Steven Parr
 Polly King

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 Sue Smith

Sue Smith

I remember being read the short story at school and then watching the film on the old school projector. I have never forgotten it. A remarkable film.



This spooked the pants off me :O






This is an amazing short film. I'd wish to see more like this than some short films!

 Gibson White(PAKU)

Gibson White(PAKU)

This sbould be another great story, turned movie from my uncle Witi.Gibson

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It made me laugh. It had good detail and it was whimsical. 
When I was a kid I walked across the other side of the street to avoid an old Māori man we were all frightened of, so I could understand that kid's reaction. 
It is based on my experience as a young boy growing up in a small place that is full of tensions between Māori and Pākehā, in this case a comedic one — it's a hardcase story ... I was looking at the power of suggestion and purpose in Māori people.