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Utu Pihikete

Short Film (Full Length) – 2013

A colonial widow, recently arrived in New Zealand from England, answers an advertisement from a stoic settler for a wife. They agree to an arrangement. Later Mrs Brown forms an attachment to their Māori servant girl Atawhai, and slowly learns the secret behind her presence. Written by playwright April Phillips (who also plays Mrs Brown) this short film was directed by Christchurch theatre director Craig Hutchison. It was filmed at Wellington's Nairn Street Cottage. ‘Utu Pihikete’ was a derogatory term for half-caste children meaning “paid for in biscuits”.

She's half of you ... you owe her.
– Beth Brown to Tom Brown

Key Cast & Crew

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April Phillips

Writer, As: Beth Brown

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Steven Ray

As: Tom Brown

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Craig Hutchison

Director, Producer

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Victoria-Rose Manu

As: Atawhai

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Ralph Johnson

As: Reverend

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Cara Louise Waretini

Costume Designer

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