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Mauri

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Director:
Merata Mita
Production:
Awatea Films
Running Time:
101’
Language:
English, Māori
Country:
New Zealand
Year:
1988
Main Cast:
Anzac Wallace, Eva Rickard, James Heyward
Screenplay:
Merata Mita
Cinematographer:
Graeme Crowley
Editor:
Nicholas Beauman
Production Designer:
Ralph Hotere
Costume Designer:
Rangitinia Otene Wilson
Music:
Amokura
Sound:
Gethin Creagh
Restoration:
New Zealand Film Commission

Synopsis

Mauri is the story of Rewi, a man haunted by a past which threatens to engulf his future. The story is set among the colourful characters of a once thriving settlement, Te Mata, upon whom the encroachment by Europeans spells disaster. Now isolated by lack of numbers, time and distance, the remaining survivors form a tight-knit community which outsiders find impenetrable. Rewi’s deceit forces him to become part of that community and his life is inextricably interwoven with those around him.

Director’s Statement

It was a quietly satisfying moment to enter the theatre on the opening night of Mauri and see the pride of so many brown faces. I am very proud to have made something for us, so relentless and uncompromising, and for me it was another brief fulfilled”.
Deborah Shepard, Reframing Women, 2000.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Park Road Post Production
141 Park Road, Mirimar
6022 – Wellington, New Zealand
Tel. + 64 4 909 7800
dwatkins_prpp@parkroad.co.nz
http://www.parkroad.co.nz

 PRODUCTION 2: Merata Mita - Awatea Films
C/O New Zealand Film Commission, Level 3, 119 Ghuznee Street
6011 - Wellington, New Zealand
Tel. + 64 4 382 7680
hayleyw@nzfilm.co.nz
http://www.nzfilm.co.nz

 PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Awatea Films

WORLD SALES: Jasmin McSweeney - New Zealand Film Commission
Level 3, 119 Ghuznee Street
6011 - Wellington, New Zealand
Tel. 64 4 382 7680
jasmin@nzfilm.co.nz
http://www.nzfilm.co.nz

PRESS OFFICE: Laurent Boyé – Jazo PR
923 Cole Ave
CA 90038 – Los Angeles, United States
Tel. +1-310-220-7239
laurent@jazopr.com


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