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The Waimate Conspiracy Film – 2006 Adaptation Mockumentary

The Waimate Conspiracy

Film – 2006 Adaptation Mockumentary

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Christchurch policeman Stefen Harris launched his film career with this feature-length adaptation of his own book The Waikikamukau Conspiracy, about a small town Māori land claim. When drama funding couldn’t be secured, it was shot as a low budget mockumentary in just six days in South Canterbury. Jim Moriarty manages to be endearing in his determination to regain his people’s land at any cost, while David McPhail and Mark Hadlow enthusiastically lampoon the judicial system. The film won Best Digital Feature at the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Awards.

Key Cast & Crew

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Stefen Harris

Producer, Director, Writer

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Powley Pearse-Otene

As: Marama Kepa

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Bill Kora

As: Joe Wihapi

This is an inspiring work. It's as if the camera left the film-set for a bit and came out right amongst us. That's exactly what we were seeking to achieve with Ngati.
– Barry Barclay

Produced by

Dark Horse Films

Availability

Available on DVD

Acknowledgements

Funding From NZ Film Commission