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Mahana Film (Trailer and Extras) – 2016 Drama Māori


Film (Trailer and Extras) – 2016 Drama Māori

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Inspired by Witi Ihimaera's BulibashaMahana saw director Lee Tamahori making his first film on local soil since a very different family tale: 1994's Once Were Warriors. Temuera Morrison stars as a 60s era farming patriarch who makes it clear his family should have absolutely nothing to do with rival family the Poatas. Then romance enters the picture, and son Simeon sets out to find out how the feud first started. The powerhouse Māori cast includes Nancy Brunning (who is included in the interview clips) and Jim Moriarty. Mahana debuted at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, before NZ release. 

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 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

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World premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on 13 February 2016, at cinema the Berlinale Palast 

Released in New Zealand cinemas on 3 March 2016


Mahana is funded by the New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand On Air, Māori Television, Entertainment One, Wild Bunch and private equity investors, including a selection of 200 individuals who put in funding via the Snowball Effect equity crowd funding platform, a first for a New Zealand film. (Source: NZ Film)