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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. Since then, 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, earthy sensuality that brings Jeanne Moreau to mind. Newsweek critic David Ansen, on Once Were Warriors, 5 March 1995