White Lies

White Lies - 2013

South Pacific Pictures - 95 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9322225199330

Cast: Whirimako Black, Rachel House, Antonia Prebble, Nancy Brunning, Te Waimarie Kessell, Kohuorangi Tawhara, Elizabeth Hawthorne.
Crew: Screenplay: Dana Rotberg, based upon the novella "Medicine Woman" by Witi Ihimaera; Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger; Editor: Paul Sutorius; Original Music: John Psathas; Production Designer: Tracey Collins; Art Department Coordinator: Kate Olive; Costume Designer: Kiri Rainey; Hair and Makeup Supervisor: Abby Collins; Producers: John Barnett, Chris Hampson; Director: Dana Rotberg.

Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people she believes in life. But new laws of the 1920's are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebeccas position in European settler society. If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences.

Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: B

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Starting 05 December, 2013, PAL R4 dvds can be purchased from New Zealand and Australian sources, selling for about $20. It is presented in its original 2.30:1 format with DD 5.1 English language track. Unfortunately there are no subtitles, except for a few non-removable ones for Maori dialogue. Extras: Interviews with John Barnett, Witi Ihimaera, Dana Rotberg, Antonia Prebble, Whirimaki Black, Rachel House (55 minutes) and the theatrical trailer.
Filmed in Te Urewera, Ruatahuna, Lake Waikaremoana plus Highwic and Alberton in Auckland. NZ Cinema release starting 27 June, 2013 and the DVD release starting 05 December 2013.

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2013 - New Zealand Film Awards - The Moa - Best Makeup Design: Abby Collins, Yolanda Bartram, Vee gulliver, Andrew Beattie, Main Reactor, Roger Murray.

2013 - Antonia Prebble and Dana Rotberg were named honorees at The WIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards.

2013 - Whirimako Black honoured at the Maori of the Year Arts/Reo/Tikanga Awards for her role in White Lies

2014 - Top Audience Award at 2014 Balinale International Film Festival

2014 - Audience Choice Award at the La Costa Film Festival in Carlsbad, California.

October 2015 - St. Tropez Festival des Antipodes - Best Actress - Whirimako Black

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