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Te Po Uriuri (The Enveloping Night) Short Film (Full Length) – 2001 Drama Māori

Te Po Uriuri (The Enveloping Night)

Short Film (Full Length) – 2001 Drama Māori

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Awatea, a young warrior, is enraged when his lover Te Po, a high-born chief's daughter, enters an arranged marriage. Retribution is swift and brutal. Set in the late 16th century and based on a Shakespeare sonnet ("my love is as a fever, longing still"), the storytelling of Te Po Uriuri is visceral, and suitably mythic in style. Ruru hoot, bloody patu gleam, and bodies and the oily black of the night are vividly shot by Waka Attewell. Directed by Toby Mills and filmed in te reo, it was selected for the Hamburg International Film Festival.

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Acknowledgements

Funded with assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission, Te Mangai Paho, Te Taura Whiri

Music

Music by Moana Maniapoto, Hirini Melbourne, Simon Holloway