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The Sea Child

Short Film (Full Length) – 1980


In this early drama by director Bruce Morrison, a Māori girl from the big city joins her great-grandmother and extended whānau at their beachside home, for a summer holiday. Shy and quiet, Rozanna pines for the perky blonde talking doll which belongs to a local girl. That night she dreams the sea sends her a gift. In the morning Rozanna races down to the beach. After boasting about her special gift to local kids, Rozanna makes a fateful wish. The evocative piano soundtrack for this half-hour drama was composed by actor/singer Annie Whittle. Morrison went on to direct documentaries, including Heartland, and three feature films. 

Never turn you back to the sea...be careful.
– Grandmother (Mary Leef ) warns her mokopuna ( Rozanna Tahana) about the power of the sea

Key Cast & Crew

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Mary Leef

As: Grandmother

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Rozanna Tahana

As: Rozanna

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Menehia Tahana

As: Grandfather

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Kevin Hayward

Lighting Cameraman

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Annie Whittle

Producer, Composer

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Bruce Morrison

Director, Writer, Producer

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Produced by

  • TVNZ

  • Anson Associates


Bruce Morrison