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Ngāti

Film (Excerpts) – 1987

PG
Parental Guidance

Set in and around the fictional town of Kapua in 1948, Ngāti is the story of a Māori community. The film comprises three narrative threads: a boy, Ropata, is dying of leukaemia; the return of a young Australian doctor, Greg, and his discovery that he has Māori heritage; and the fight to keep the local freezing works open. Unique in tone and quietly powerful in its storytelling, Ngāti was Barry Barclay's first dramatic feature, and the first feature to be written and directed by Māori. Ngati screened in Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival

Key Cast & Crew

Barry Barclay

Director, Writer

John O'Shea

Producer

Tama Poata

Writer, Associate Producer

Te Paki Cherrington

As: Mac

Ngawai Harrison

As: Hine

Oliver Jones

As: Ropata

See all 24 credits

Produced by

Pacific Films

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

Music

Music by Dalvanius.

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