The trailer for this feature film.
An excerpt from this feature film
Interview with actor Temuera Morrison
Interview with actor Nancy Brunning.
Interview with actor Akuhata Keefe.
Interview with director Lee Tamahori.
Interview with producer Robin Scholes.
Interview with novelist Witi Ihimaera.
Behind the Scenes of Mahana
Inspired by Witi Ihimaera book Bulibasha, director Lee Tamahori made his first film on local soil since 1994's Once Were Warriors. Temuera Morrison plays a 50s era patriarch who leads his whanāu in a bitter rivalry with another shearing family. When romance enters the picture, son Simeon investigates how the feud first began. The strong Māori cast includes Nancy Brunning (interviewed above) and Jim Moriarty. Mahana debuted at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival under the title The Patriarch, before Kiwi release. The clips include an excerpt, interviews with cast and crew, and behind the scenes material.
It's very rare for people to return, let alone to a film with a much lower budget than anything he’s done, since Warriors. We have Witi [Ihimaera] to thank for this. His book, Bulibasha, really appealed to Lee because it’s about the people he knows and loves and wants to see portrayed on film.– Producer Robin Scholes on director Lee Tamahori, in a 27 May 2015 press release
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Funded by the NZ Film Commission, New Zealand On Air, Māori Television, Entertainment One and Wild Bunch — plus 200 private equity investors, via crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect
Made with the assistance of the Screen Production Grant
Financed in association with Kiwibank
Closing credits song 'For the Life of Me' composed by Joe Allison and Joyce Harris, performed by Prince Tui Teka