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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, which marked the directing debut of screen veteran Larry Parr. Set in the mist-shrouded Taranaki hamlet of Whangamomona in the 1940s, the short film focuses on the conflict between a local tohunga, Mr Hohepa (Sonny Waru) 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 be at work?

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

Produced by

Mirage Films

Acknowledgements

Made with the assistance of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand 

Music

Soundtrack by Taura Eruera.