Whina - 2022

Ingenious Media/GFC Films - 108 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9322225247895(AU/NZ)

Principal Cast: Rena Owen, James Rolleston, Vinnie Bennett, Erroll Shand, Miriama McDowell, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Matu Ngaropo, Richard Te Are, Wayne Hapi.
Screenplay: James Lucas, James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones; Cinematography: Leon Narbey; Editors: John Gilbert, Chris Plummer; Production Manager: Lesley Hansen; Music: Dana Lund; Sound Designer: Ben Sinclair; Make-up Design: Deirdre Cowley; Costume Design: Kristin Seth; Production Design: Shayne Radford; Producers: Matthew Metcalfe, Tainui Stephens, Liz Adams; Director: James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones.

A biopic of the trailblazing Maori leader, Dame Whia Cooper, whose extraordinary life saw her break gender boundaries, champion the rights of Maori, and fight for the land - all the while staying true to her heart and her beliefs. In 1975, Whina, frail but still mentally sharp, is roused to unite Maori to fight not only for their land, but for their very existence. Beginning at Te Roopu O'Te Matakite, she leads a sacred hikoi over six hundred kilometres, from the top of New Zealand to Parliament House in Wellington.

Censor Rating: TBC - Review Rating: B

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A DVD became available from New Zealand sources, starting 08 December 2022, that is labeled as being a PAL Region 4 disc, but turns out to be an ALL Regions one. It will be available from Australian sources starting 18 January 2023. It's format is 2.35:1 with DD 5.1 or DD 2.1 spoken English, with Maori, soundtrack. It has optional English subtitles. Extras: 'Koha' - A 25 minute short with Dame Whia Cooper; Whina theatrical trailer (2:17); "Madman Propaganda" trailers of: 'Hibiscus & Ruthless'(2:49), 'First Cow'(1:46), 'Bill & Ted Face the Music'(2:21), 'Kiwi Christmas'(2:07).

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Whina Cooper biography, written by Michael King.

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2022 - APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award | Tohu Pumanawa: Dana Lund and Horomona Horo

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