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Kai Pūrākau - The Storyteller

Film (Excerpts) – 1987

Gaylene Preston's documentary on writer Keri Hulme — filmed two years after Hulme shot to global fame, on the back of her Booker Prize-winning novel The Bone People — is both a poetic travelogue of Ōkārito (the township where she resided for 40 years), and a sampler-box of affable musings on her writing process, whitebait fishing, the supernatural, and the 1200 pages of notes for her next novel, the elusive Bait. Leon Narbey's camerawork is aptly alert to the magical qualities of the coast, from the resident kotuku to the surf and birdsong peppering Hulme’s crib.

I can think of several of my characters I wouldn’t like to meet walking down the street.
– Keri Hulme