NZ FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE
SCREENS ON THE 23RD MARCH AT 8:30 PM AT NGĀ PURAPURA
Directed by Lee Tamahori (Ngati Porou)
Inspired by Witi Ihimaera novel Bulibasha, Mahana sees director Lee Tamahori making his first film on local soil since a very different family tale: 1994’s Once Were Warriors. Set in the 1960s, Mahana stars Temuera Morrison as a proud farming patriarch who makes it clear his family should have absolutely nothing to do with rival family the Poatas. Then romance enters the picture, and son Simeon sets out to find out how the feud first got started. The powerhouse Māori cast also includes Nancy Brunning and Jim Moriarty. Mahana debuts at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.