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The Makutu on Mrs Jones Short Film (Full Length) – 1983 Adaptation Drama Māori

The Makutu on Mrs Jones

Short Film (Full Length) – 1983 Adaptation Drama Māori

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A culture clash story by Witi Ihimaera inspired this comic drama, written and directed by Larry Parr. Set in the 1940s — perfectly evoked in the mist-shrouded Taranaki hamlet of Whangamomona — the short film focuses on the conflict between a local tohunga, Mr Hohepa, and feisty Pākehā Mrs Jones (Annie Whittle), as viewed by the young boy who helps deliver her mail and groceries (Julian Arahanga, in his screen debut). The locals think Hohepa has placed a makutu (or curse) on Mrs Jones; but could more basic human emotions — beyond the boy’s experience — be at work?

It made me laugh. It had good detail and it was whimsical.
– Witi Ihimaera on the screen adaptation of his short story

Produced by

Mirage Films

Music

Soundtrack by Taura Eruera.