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Rena Owen

[Ngāti Hine, Ngā Puhi]

Rena Owen made her name playing courageous battered wife Beth Heke, in landmark film Once Were Warriors. The film won her a run of awards, and international acclaim from Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue. Owen has gone before the cameras in Australia, Fiji, Hungary and the United States. 

Rena Owen, wired with nervous energy, makes a formidable heroine. She exudes an angry, earth sensuality that brings Jeanne Moreau to mind. Newsweek critic David Ansen, on Once Were Warriors

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Interview

Rena Owen: Being Beth Heke...

Interview, 2008

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NZ Film Commission turns 40 - Past Memories

2018, Subject - Web

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All Talk with Anika Moa

2016 - 2017, Guest - Television

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Once Were Warriors - Where Are They Now?

2014, Subject - Television

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The Dead Lands

2014, As: Hongi's Grandmother - Film

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Piece of My Heart

2009, As: Kat - Television

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Rain of the Children

2008, As: Puhi - Film

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The Tem Show - Star Wars (Episode)

2005, Subject - Television

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Nemesis Game

2003, As: Emily Gray - Film

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Aroha - Mataora

2002, As: Wai - Television

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

1999, As: Beth Heke - Film

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9 Across

1998, As: Woman at the bank - Short Film

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I'll Make You Happy

1998, As: Mickie - Film

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When Love Comes

1998, As: Katie Keen - Film

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Beth's World

1997, Presenter - Television

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Witi Ihimaera

1997, As: Aunt Ruth - Television

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Savage Play - Part One

1995, As: Takiora - Television

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Savage Play - Part Three

1995, As: Takiora - Television

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Savage Play - Part Two

1995, As: Takiora - Television

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Cover Story

1995 - 1996, As: Mairanga - Television

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Hinekaro Goes On a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk

1995, As: Hinekaro - Short Film

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Savage Play

1995, As: Takiora - Television

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The Call Up

1995, As: Emily Broughton - Television

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Frontline - Kiwis Cannes Do

1994, Subject - Television

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Once Were Warriors

1994, As: Beth Heke - Film

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Shortland Street

2010 - 2011, As: Hine Ryan - Television

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E Tipu e Rea - Roimata

1989, As: Girlie - Television

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E Tipu e Rea - Variations on a Theme

1989, As: Nancy - Television

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Shark in the Park

1990, As: Ngaire - Television