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Hinekaro Goes On a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk

Short Film (Full Length) – 1995

This short, written and directed by Christine Parker (Channelling Baby) takes an allegorical look at the creative process. A writer (Rima Te Wiata) has a korero with a trickster spirit guide Hinekaro (voiced by Rena Owen), and conjures worlds from the words she inks on a page. In her imaginative struggles she’s visited by a ruru owl and her younger self, and other creatures are brought strikingly to life via special effects (beetles from a book, an eel hiding in a toilet bowl). Hinekaro was adapted from a 1991 short story by Booker Prize-winner Keri Hulme.

Where do words go after the sound of them has died?
– From the film's narration

Key Cast & Crew

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Caterina De Nave


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Christine Parker

Writer, Director

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Minette Meder

As: Apprentice as a girl

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George Boyle

As: Old Man

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Ian Harrop

As: Executive

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Glennis Paraha

As: Cleaner

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Produced by

Oceania Parker


Made with the assistance of the NZ Film Commission Short Film fund.


Original music by Peter Scholes.

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