Matariki - 2010

Filmwork Production (NZ) - 90 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9421016371266

Cast: Jason Wu, Susana Tang, Sara Wiseman, Iaheto Ah Hi, Jarod Rawiri, Alix Bushnell, Edwin Wright, Michael Whalley, Mark Ruka, Mabel Wharekawa-Burt.
Writers: Gavin Strawhan, Michael Bennett; Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger; Original Music: Don McGlashan; Editing: John Gilbert; Production Designer: Miro Harre; Costume Design: Jane Holland; Producer: Fiona Copland;
Director: Michael Bennett

It's the Maori New Year, Matariki, a time for new beginnings and the lives of eight people are affected by one random act. A young car thief crosses paths with a rebellious teenage girl and faces his future. A rugby league star saves the life of a small time drug dealer - an act of heroism that brings tragedy to his own family, but his brother learns to stand up for himself and his injured brother's wife comes to accept the love that surrounds her. All-the-while, a nine-month pregnant girl may have found her "angel" in a big-hearted gay man who sells Matariki icons at weekend markets. Cinematography and original music are excellent, but it could have done without the dog incident and some sound mixing was second-rate. Too many "stories" for a 90 minute movie. Shot in South Auckland, mainly Manukau and Otara Market. I had to view it twice and decided that it deserved a higher rating than I first gave it.

Censor Rating: R13 - Review rating: B-

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The film's format is 1.85:1. The Pal R0 dvd is 1.77:1, 16:9 Enhanced, with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo English soundtrack. There are no subtitles. Extras include: 'Behind the Scenes' (21:27); Music Video, 'What Can Love Do' (3:10); Music Video, 'Ride With Us' (3:55) and two unrelated trailers. There is no separated 'Matariki' trailer, but the first 2 minutes of the 'Behind the Scenes' extra is the trailer. It is available from New Zealand resellers, selling for about $30nz and from Australian resellers for about $20au.

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2011 - Wairoa Maori Film Festival - Best Aotearoa Feature Drama
2011 - Wairoa Maori Film Festival - Best Female Actor in a Feature Film - Mabel Wharekawa-Burt
2011 - AFTA - Sara Wiseman for Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film.
2012 - Brussels Independent International Film Festival - Michael Bennett - Best Direction
2012 - Brussels Independent International Film Festival - Iaheto Ah Hi - Best Actor

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