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The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia Short Film (Full Length) – 2008 Drama

The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia

Short Film (Full Length) – 2008 Drama

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In this short film, a Cook Island school cleaner (Whale Rider's Rawiri Paratene) responds to an unusual graffiti message on a girls’ toilet wall, with life-changing consequences for him and the mysterious author. Paratene's performance won him a Qantas Film and TV Award; the film also won Best Short and Screenplay (Paul Stanley Ward). Tupaia travelled to more than 15 festivals and director Chris Dudman was nominated for a Leopard of Tomorrow (Best Short) at Locarno. Dudman, Ward and producer Vicky Pope teamed up on another short film success, Choice Night (2010).

I want to die.
– The graffiti message that kick-starts the plot