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Fish Skin Suit

Television (Full Length) – 2000

While playing at the beach with their grandmother, two children witness an Elvis-like man walk out of the sea. They believe he's the "fishman" lover of a female taniwha, Hine Tai. Meanwhile their parents (played by Kirk Torrance and Nancy Brunning) are busy falling apart, and the mysterious man offers words that are either wise or dangerous. Set in a small seaside town, this magical realist fable was written by Briar Grace-Smith (Cousins) and directed by Peter Burger (What Really Happened - Waitangi). It got six nominations at the 2002 NZ TV Awards, and won for Best Drama, and for James Cowley's cinematography. 

Tell me what ails you.
– Moses (Jacob Rajan) to Mere (Nancy Brunning)

Produced by

Kahukura Productions


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Awa International


Made in association with NZ On Air and TV3


Featured song 'All Fall Down' composed and performed by Bic Runga 


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