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What Really Happened - Waitangi

Television (Full Length) – 2011

AO
Adults only

This docudrama follows an imaginary news reporter who travels back in time to cover the days leading up to the Treaty of Waitangi’s signing on 6 February 1840. Dropping the usual solemnity surrounding Aotearoa’s founding document, it uses humour and asides to camera to evoke the chaos and motives behind the treaty. Written by Gavin Strawhan, with input from novelist Witi Ihimaera, What Really Happened screened on TVNZ for Waitangi Day 2011. Its nominations at the Aotearoa TV Awards included Best Drama, director (Peter Burger) and actor Jarod Rawiri (who played Hōne Heke). 

I thought it was important to use humour as a way of making an exploration of this event accessible and enjoyable.
– Writer Gavin Strawhan

Produced by

Eyeworks New Zealand

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