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E Tipu E Rea - Thunderbox Television (Full Length) – 1989 Drama Māori Comedy

E Tipu E Rea - Thunderbox

Television (Full Length) – 1989 Drama Māori Comedy

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A teenage boy's unorthodox relationship with his father (Wi Kuki Kaa) is explored as he learns about hypocrisy in this E Tipu e Rea edition, written by Bruce Stewart and starring Faifua Amiga as Thunderbox Junior. After establishing a reputation as a highly successful director of commercials, this was Lee (Once Were Warriors) Tamahori's first attempt at the helm of a longer drama. "You tend to get a bit of experience making people laugh when you direct commercials,' he said. "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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Te Manuka Film Trust

Acknowledgements

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

Music

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