You are here:

00:00

/

00:00

High

0 MB

Low

0 MB

Clips (2)

  1. A short excerpt from this feature film.

  2. The trailer for this feature film.

Synopsis

In 1983 director Geoff Murphy stormed out of the scrub of the nascent Kiwi film industry with a quadruple-barreled shotgun take on the great NZ colonial epic. The New Zealand wars-set tale of a Māori leader (Anzac Wallace) and his bloody path to redress 'imbalance', was the second NZ film officially selected for Cannes and was local cinema’s then second biggest hit (after Goodbye Pork Pie). A producer-driven recut was later shown in the US. This 2013 redux — led by cinematographer Graeme Cowley, with Murphy and editor Mike Horton — is Utu “enhanced and restored”.

Background

A Perspective by Costa Botes 02.07.2013

If there was a renaissance, or ‘new wave' of NZ film making, then Geoff Murphy was riding it, and ride it he did, tall in the saddle with this vastly ambitious, but sometimes vexing ...

Read more ›

Credits (27)

 Geoff Murphy
 Graeme Cowley

Post a comment

   
I am:
 

Please keep your comments relevant to this title. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

Comments (3)

 Maria

Maria

He maharatanga hoki i a Merata Mita - moe mai ra e te wahine tapairu, nau nei te huarahi i para, ki te whakaatu i nga tatou korero ki te ao turoa nei. Can't wait to see this - saw it as a 18 year old,m wow...

 Martin Bynion

Martin Bynion

Just seen the premiere at the Embassy, Wellington. Superb! All my expectations were exceeded. Don't miss this, if you can get a seat!

 Aroha Wallace

Aroha Wallace

Going to the Auckland screening, looking forward to it!

Produced by

Favourite:

You need to be logged in to add to your favourites.

Related Titles (15)

 Making Utu

Television, 1982 (Excerpts)

Gaylene Preston's behind the scenes doco

 Goodbye Pork Pie

Film, 1981 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)

Geoff Murphy’s preceding feature

 Kaleidoscope - NZ Cinema, The Past Decade

Television, 1987 (Full Length)

A cinematic survey featuring Utu

 The Quiet Earth

Film, 1986 (Trailer and Excerpts)

Also directed by Murphy and starring Bruno

 Blerta Revisited

Film, 2001 (Full Length)

The Utu film school

 The New Zealand Wars

Television, 1998 (Excerpts)

Doco series on Māori vs Pākehā colonial conflict

 Wild Man

Film, 1977 (Full Length)

An early feature from the Blerta merry pranksters

 Never Say Die

Film, 1988 (Trailer and Excerpts)

A later Murphy feature

 The Scarecrow

Film, 1981 (Excerpts)

This film screened in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes in 1982

 Tank Busters

Television, 1969 (Full Length)

A very early Murphy heist film

 The Governor - He Iwi Ko Tahi Tatou (Episode Four)

Television, 1977 (Full Length Episode)

Another colonial epic co-written by Keith Aberdein

 The Mackenzie Affair - Tancred (Final Episode)

Television, 1977 (Full Length Episode)

The hunt for another colonial outlaw

 Close Up - Utu

Television, 1982 (Full Length)

A Close Up special on the production of Utu

 This is Her

Short Film, 2008 (Full Length)

Another revenge tale

 Savage Islands

Film, 1983 (Excerpts)

More colonial kidnap and adventure

ScreenTalk  See all interviews › 

Related interviews:

 Geoff Murphy - from Blerta to Pork Pie, to Hollywood

Geoff Murphy is the trumpet-player who got New Zealand yelling in the movie aisles. After boning up on filmmaking on the Blerta bus, Murphy turned out a triple...

Quotes

I was excited and amazed by the restoration process. The work done by Weta Digital on bringing the picture back to life was spectacular. It now looks better than it did the day it was first shown. Park Road Post were no less brilliant in their re-mastering and enhancing of the soundtrack. It’s like a completely new experience — I am proud to have been associated with it. 
The glorious peak achievement of the new feature film culture that burgeoned here in the 70s, Geoff Murphy’s 1983 Utu is unveiled afresh in its ravishing, pictorial splendour. Here it is, our own turbulent history, transcribed with cinematic élan — and an elegiac, absurdist vision of the devil’s mischief in paradise. 
[Murphy] has an instinct for popular entertainment. He has a deracinated kind of hip lyricism. And they fuse quite miraculously in this epic [...]. We know the basic story of colonialism from books and movies about other countries, but the ferocity of these skirmishes and raids is played off against an Arcadian beauty that makes your head swim. 

Awards

Festivals include:
2014 Berlin, 2013 New Zealand