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The Makutu on Mrs Jones

Short Film (Full Length) – 1983

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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

Key Cast & Crew

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Larry Parr

Director, Writer, Producer

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Annie Whittle

As: Mrs Jones

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Julian Arahanga

As: Tawhai

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Steven Parr

As: Winti

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Robert Austin

As: Winti's Friend

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Ronnie King

As: Tawhai's friend

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Produced by

Mirage Films

Acknowledgements

Made with the assistance of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand 

Music

Soundtrack by Taura Eruera.

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