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The Killing of Kane Television (Full Length) – 1971 Drama Māori

The Killing of Kane

Television (Full Length) – 1971 Drama Māori

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Groundbreaking 1971 tele-drama The Killing of Kane tells a story of loyalty and corruption amidst the ‘New Zealand Wars’ of the 1860s. Incorporating documentary ‘interludes’, the story involves the predicament of a pair of Pākehā deserters involved in a attack by Māori resistance leader Titokowaru on a Taranaki redoubt. Stellar performances in the dramatic scenes saw Chris Thomson-directed Kane attract praise. It was the first time the controversial subject of colonial conflict had been portrayed on our TV screens. It was also the first local drama shot in colour.

Key Cast & Crew

Napi Waaka

As: Chief Titokowaru

Mike Horton

Editor

Chris Thomson

Producer

Forty lashes on good Irish skin!
– Charles Kane