Jan 29, 2021

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Maori Movies and Making Headlines

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In movie news, we found three notable Maori shout outs:

The first comes in the form of BOY, a soon to be released movie starring James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu and actor-director Taika Waititi. This film is about life in 1984, as seen from the eyes of James/Boy, who idolizes and romanticizes both his dad and Michael Jackson.

BoyThe story unravels when Boy learns that his father, rather than being a soldier-treasure hunter-rugby champion, has been behind bars. As a sequel to the well received short Two Cars One Night, Boy will screen at the Sundance Festival in Feb 2010 and we hope whanau here and abroad will take the movie and the actors into their hearts.

WhaleRiderTThe next Maori mention comes from the Tallahassee.com, where online movie critic announces his Top 100 Movies for the Decade and proclaims Whale Rider as his #41 pick.

Mark Hinson writes:

Whale Rider” (2002): Audiences everywhere rightfully embraced this moving story about a 12-year-old Maori girl who dreams of becoming the leader of her people.

Awesome, ey.

The third is really quite random. The LA Times looked to spoof upcoming predictions for the next 10 years (2010-2020) in an article A 2020 vision that’s crystal-ball clear and made this mention in its #9 spot:

21st CenturyRoland Emmerich, director of bejesus-scaring sci-fi parables such as “2012” and “The Day After,” unveils his latest apocalyptic epic, “The Day After 2025,” at a specially-designed “green theater” built on a large chunk of Antarctica adrift off San Diego. Based on an ancient Maori prophesy, the movie envisions the destruction of Earth by human greed and venality. It wins the Oscar for best documentary and is immediately attacked by global-warming skeptics as another “Climategate”-style conspiracy by the liberal Hollywood elite.

See, told you it was random.

Well be sure to keep you updated on BOY, as well as other Maori mentions in film.

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