Tamatoa (Boy Warrior)

Tamatoa (Boy Warrior)

  • 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 11 m

Tamatoa is a coming of age short film based on a young Māori boy Toa who has Autism. The film follows Toa’s journey as he navigates the challenges of his condition and his internal perspective of the outside world.

Throughout the film Toa begins to find courage through the strength of his relationships with his grandmother Nana and his mother Lani. As tensions rise at Toa’s school, he is faced with a decision. Will he retaliate against his bullies or will he find another way to overcome the conflict?

Inspired by real relationships this film is dedicated to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their loved ones. We hope to inspire audiences to strive for a more inclusive, diverse, and understanding society.

Screening Information
Ngā Pūtake

12:00 PM
Friday 25 September 2020
The Civic Theatre

  • Language English
  • Indigenous Nation Ngati Tipa/Ngati Koata and Tainui
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Sarah Maddick
  • Director Bio I'm a mother, wife, daughter and sister. I believe we are all storytellers, we just tell stories using different mediums. I enjoy Screenwriting and developing characters, analysing our psychology and posing questions to an audience through visual storytelling. I'm a director and I'm not afraid to delve into raw emotions and issues I'm passionate about.
  • Producer Naomi Porter