Crooked Earth

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Crooked Earth - 2001



Communicado Productions - 106 min.
DVD UPC # 9315842019518 (AU); 9415600101025 (NZ)

Cast: Temuera Morrison, Jaime Passier-Armstrong, Lawrence Makoare, Quinton Hita, Nancy Brunning, Sydney Jackson.
Screenplay: Greg McGee, Waihoroi Shortland; Cinematography: David Gribble; Music: James Hall; Editor: Chris Plummer; Production Design: Kai Hawkins; Producers: Robin Scholes, Peter Beilby, Henri Dorlet, Ernst Goldschmidt ; Director: Sam Pillsbury.

Captain Will Bastion , after a forced resignation from the Army, returns to Ruakura, for the first time in 18 years, to bury his father, the tribal chief whose mantle Will inherits. However Will is reluctant to fulfill the tradition and his younger brother, Kahu, is quite willing to seize the opportunity. To further complicate matters, Will's estranged 17-year-old daughter, Ripeka, has also arrived for the funeral. Unfortunately the film shows the result of too many writers (two primary, plus three secondary) in an unclear progression of events. Filmed primarily around the Coromandal penninsula, it is an attractive project with an excellent soundtrack. Worth a view.

Censor Rating: R13 - Review Rating: B-

Crooked Earth Trailer
Official MP4 Trailer



AVAILABILITY OF COPIES

There are two R4 PAL DVDs available, one from New Zealand and one from Austalia. Although the original theatrical format was 1.85:1, the DVD is presented 1.83:1, 9x16 enhanced, with a 2.0 dolby digital soundtrack in English only. There are no subtitles on either release. The Australian version has a menu with extras of major cast and crew biographies, a 20 min. interview with author Tessa Duder and two unrelated trailers. As of January 2017, it would appear that it is OOP, but new copies are still available for about $20us or equiv. It would appear that your best bet would be ebay, but be sure to check the worldwide option. R2 DVDs were available for about 20Eur or 15#. This is a 1.66:1 format with 2.0 Dolby Digital sound, although the R2 ones state the sound is 5.1. There are no extras. The only legal R1 ntsc versions are ones from Latin American countries under the title, 'El Regreso Del Guerrero'. They have the original English soundtrack with Spanish subtitles and are occationally being offered at ebay and Amazon - priced at $50+.

Aro Video of Wellington has rental copies for any New Zealand address

New copies available at ebay.co.uk

I have a lightly used DVD PAL R4 original copy available for sale. Check out the DVD Sale Page

I have one used PAL VHS copy available at ebay for $4us



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SOUNDTRACK ON AUDIO CD

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REVIEWS

New Zealand Film Archive Info and Reviews

Lael Loewenstein Review

Four Word Film Review

Reviews at Letterboxd.com

Davinia Thornley Review

OFFLINE REVIEW SOURCES

Listener, 180no.3197(Aug.18 2001)
Metro, 243(Sept.2001)
Sunday star-times, Aug.26 2001
Waikato times, Aug.28, 2001



TRAILER - MISC

VIDEO VAULT - Links to trailers and clips for all titles.

NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

Sam Pillsbury - Quiet and Crooked Earth Andrew Whiteside Video Interview

Funeral Scene at YouTube (4 minutes)

Information at the New Zealand Film Commission Website

Information at IMDB

Prime-time activists in 'Crooked Earth' - The meta-narrative of Aotearoa New Zealand film by Davinia Thornley





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