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The Makutu on Mrs Jones Short Film – 1983 Drama Adaptation Māori

The Makutu on Mrs Jones

Short Film – 1983 Drama Adaptation Māori

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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?

Key Cast & Crew

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Larry Parr

Writer, Director, Producer

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Juanita Hood

As: Wiki

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Ronnie King

As: Tawhai's friend

It made me laugh. It had good detail and it was whimsical.
- Witi Ihimaera (on the screen adaptation)

Produced by

Mirage Films

Music

Soundtrack by Taura Eruera.