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Make or Break

Television (Full Length) – 2003

This 2003 documentary follows seven weeks of a theatre-for-change course for troubled teens. As part of acclaimed programme Te Rākau Hua O Te Wao Tapu, 30 teens from South Auckland's Northern Residential Centre are guided by director Jim Moriarty to create songs and plays based on their own stories. The process, from performing haka to confronting their demons and each other, proves challenging. Some don't make it to the opening night, performing in front of family and the public. Stewart Main's documentary screened as part of TV3's Inside New Zealand.

This is a therapy programme, this is a change programme. We want to try to help you make sense of what’s happened in your life so far that’s brought you to this place and time.
– Jim Moriarty

Key Cast & Crew

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Stewart Main


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Michele Fantl


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Sue Woodfield

Network Executive

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Neil Newcombe

Sound Mix

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Jade Reidy

Writer of Narration

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Susie Hall


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Produced by

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MF Films


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MediaWorks NZ


Made with funding from NZ On Air


Music by Te Rākau Hua O Te Wao Tapu, and the young people at Northern Residential Centre



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