Director [Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Porou]
Himiona Grace learnt about filmmaking at Wellington’s legendary Pacific Films. Former poutakawaenga (Māori liaison officer) at the Film Archive, Grace has composed music for a variety of shorts and television programmes; the longtime photographer has also won awards for his stills. In 2013 he wrote and directed his first feature film: The Pā Boys, which follows a reggae trio from Wellington on a road trip north.
Image + word + music = film Himiona Grace on his personal motto
'It is about 'life, death and fu**ing good music' runs the tagline to this film. It follows a Wellington band playing East Coast and Northland pubs, as they head for Cape Reinga. The trio find themselves on a roots journey that's both musical and personal (mateship, whānau, whakapapa). The cast includes singer Francis Kora, with songs by Warren Maxwell. Himiona Grace's first feature was produced by Ainsley Gardiner (Boy) and Mina Mathieson (Warbrick). Released in Kiwi cinemas on Waitangi Day 2014, Pā Boys won positive reviews, and a Best Film gong at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival.
This documentary looks at the life and work of acclaimed author Patricia Grace. Filmed at home, on marae and in classrooms, Grace discusses her writing process, her Hongoeka Bay upbringing, her children’s books, criticism of her work, and her Māori identity and belonging to the land (a theme of her then-recently successful novel Potiki). In particular she affirms the importance of writing from experience. The film features interviews with publishers and friends, and excerpts from Grace's stories are read and dramatised, including At the River, The Hills and Mutuwhenua.