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

The Pā Boys

2014, Writer, Director - Film

As the poster puts it, The Pā Boys is "about 'life, death and fu**ing good music'. 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. Released in Kiwi cinemas on Waitangi Day 2014, Himiona Grace's first feature won positive reviews, and a Best Film gong at the 2014 Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Ainsley Gardiner (Boy) and Mina Mathieson (Warbrick) produced. 

Takutai

2010, Writer, Director - Short Film

The Audition (short film)

2002, Director, Camera, Writer - Short Film

Ngā Wahine

1997, Composer - Television

Ruia Taitea: The World is Where We Are

1990, Composer - Film

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.

Whakarongo Whakaahua Māori - Listen to the Picture Māori

1989, Assistant Camera - Television

Our Style Our Way

1987, Composer - Television

Ngā Tai o Mākiri

1987, Assistant Camera

Te Atiawa o Runga te Rangi

1986, Assistant Camera