Play

00:00

/

00:00

Full screen
Video quality

Low 0 MB

High 0 MB

HD 0 MB

Captions
Volume
Volume

Tama Tū

Short Film (Full Length) – 2004

PG
Parental Guidance

Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence, the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality, and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika Waititi describes the soldiers as young men with "a special bond, strengthened by their character, their culture and each other." Shot in the rubble of the old Wellington Hospital, Tama Tū won international acclaim. Invited to over 40 international festivals, its many awards included honourable mentions at Sundance and Berlin.

(The film is) a tribute to all those soldiers of 28 Battalion who were lost and to the mana and lives of those who were not. It is a film made by us for them that we now take to the world in their honour.
– Tama Tū press kit

Produced by

Whenua Films

Acknowledgements

Executive produced by Karl Zohrab and Angela Littlejohn of Littlejab Pictures. Made in assocation with Park Road Post and the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Categories

If you liked this, you might also like...

Collection

Anzac Day Collection

This collection brings together 50+ titles covering Kiwis...

Collection

The Taika Waititi Collection

From acting to funny accents, to directing blockbuster...

The Living Room - Series Two, Episode Ten

Taika Waititi discusses the making of Tama Tū

The Years Back - 6, The Italian Campaign (Episode Six)

Features footage of Māori troops in action during WWII

Boy

Feature film directed by Taika Waititi

1990 Commonwealth Games promo - Join Together

More malarky during wartime

Two Cars, One Night

Taika Waititi's Oscar-nominated short film

Māori Battalion - March to Victory

Documentary on Māori soldiers in WWII

Ngarimu V.C

A doco on Māori Battalion Victoria Cross winner Ngārimu

Poppy

A short film featuring Kiwi soldiers in WWI

2006 Māori Television Anzac Day Coverage - Nā Rātou, Mō Tātou

2006 Māori TV Anzac Day coverage

Voiceover

Another look and war and silence

Eagle vs Shark

A feature film directed by Taika Waititi

Turangawaewae / A Place to Stand

A short film about a Vietnam War vet

Orange Roughies - First Episode

Also featuring actor Mark Ruka

Children of Gallipoli

Descendants of soldiers who fought at Gallipoli remember

Weekly Review No. 140 - Easter Action on Bougainville

Actual footage of Kiwis under fire in World War II

The Living Room - Series One (excerpts)

Taika Waititi plays early Flight of the Conchords manager

Aeon

A short film featuring Wellington Hospital

Bright Grey

Phoenix Foundation music video directed by Taika Waititi

Wandering Eye

Also features Taungaroa Emile

Dead End

Also produced by Ainsley Gardiner

Reluctant Hero

A documentary about Maori VC winner Willie Apiata

Matariki

Features actor Jarod Rawiri

Warbrick

Another short film with Māori entering the fray

Taua - War Party

Earlier pre-Pākehā Māori warriors

Ebony Society

Directing debut of Tama Tū actor Tammy Davis

Our Day to Remember

Return trip to Italy for a WWII veteran and his family

Whistle She Rolls

Another dialogue free NZ short

Memories of Service 1 - Ernest Davenport

Memories from a WWII RAF warrant officer

Aroha - Tiare

Also features Taungaroa Emile

The Black Legacy

Documentary on a Māori soldier who fought in Italy

Kairākau - First Episode

Pre-colonial Māori soldiers

The Māori Sidesteps - Series One

More from Rob Mokaraka

The Māori Sidesteps - Series Two

More from Rob Mokaraka

Laurel Devenie on Shortland Street villains

More of actor Jarod Rawiri

Memories of Service 4 - Steve Danes

An ex soldier remembers the Italian Campaign

An Immigrant Nation - The Unbroken Thread

Documentary about Italian immigrants in NZ

Monte Cassino 60 Years On

Documentary on the Battle of Monte Cassino

Aroha - Mataora

Māori soldier fights demons in this series