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E Tipu E Rea - Thunderbox Television – 1989 Drama Māori

E Tipu E Rea - Thunderbox

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A teenage boy's unorthodox relationship with his father (Wi Kuki Kaa) is explored as he learns about the guises of hypocrisy in this E Tipu E Rea edition, written by Bruce Stewart and starring Faifua Amiga as Thunderbox Junior. After establishing a reputation as one of New Zealand's most original commercials directors this was Lee (Once Were Warriors) Tamahori's first attempt at the helm of longer drama. "You tend to get a bit of experience making people laugh when you direct commercials [...]. One thing I'm sure of is that people like to laugh at themselves."

I never did have much time for a school system that teaches us that our history started with Captain bloody Cook.
– Thunderbox (Wi Kuki Kaa)

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Acknowledgements

Made with funding from Te Manuka Film Trust in association with Television New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

Soundtrack includes 'Listen' by Herbs and 'Pomp and Circumstance' composed by Edward Elgar