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Utu Film – 1983 Action Māori

Utu

Film – 1983 Action Māori

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It's the 1870s, and Māori leader Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace) is fed up by brutal land grabs. He leads a bloody rebellion against the colonial Government, provoking threatened frontiersmen, disgruntled natives, lusty wahine, bible-bashing priests, and kupapa alike to consider the nature of ‘utu’ (retribution). Legendary New Yorker critic Pauline Kael raved about Geoff Murphy’s ambitious follow up to Goodbye Pork Pie: “[He] has an instinct for popular entertainment. He has a deracinated kind of hip lyricism. And they fuse quite miraculously in this epic ...”

For me it is blood for blood. Utu.
– Matu (Merata Mita)

Produced by

Utu Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

Music composeed by John Charles. Performed by the NZ Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Southgate. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available to buy on iTunes.

Waiatas by Jane and Paul Mareikura
Māori flute by Joe Malcolm