Taungaroa Emile

No. 2 (2006)

A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor. The heart has gone out of Nanna Maria's family. There are no parties — they don't even fight anymore...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toa Fraser
CAST:  Ruby Dee  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Mia Blake  •  Miriama McDowell

A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor. The heart has gone out of Nanna Maria's family. There are no parties — they don't even fight anymore...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toa Fraser
CAST:  Ruby Dee  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Mia Blake  •  Miriama McDowell

Whale Rider (2003)

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On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Cliff Curtis

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Cliff Curtis

Kerosene Creek (2004)

One summer’s day, Jayde and Wiremu tag along with their older siblings on a trip to a local swimming hole; young passions ignite by the Rotorua hot pool. Later, tragedy occurs and Jayde faces lost innocence and the ritual of tangi while bearing a secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Bennett
CAST:  Taungaroa Emile  •  Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson  •  Atarangi Manley  •  Miriama McDowell

One summer’s day, Jayde and Wiremu tag along with their older siblings on a trip to a local swimming hole; young passions ignite by the Rotorua hot pool. Later, tragedy occurs and Jayde faces lost innocence and the ritual of tangi while bearing a secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Bennett
CAST:  Taungaroa Emile  •  Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson  •  Atarangi Manley  •  Miriama McDowell

Tama Tū (2004)

Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence, the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality, and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Tammy Davis  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Rob Mokaraka  •  Jarod Rawiri

Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence, the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality, and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Tammy Davis  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Rob Mokaraka  •  Jarod Rawiri

The Legend of Johnny Lingo (2003)

When a storm washes a canoe bearing an infant boy ashore upon a small South Pacific island, he is at first well-received as a gift from the heavens, even to the point of the tribal chief adopting him as a successor. However, with time as hardships are blamed upon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Ramirez
CAST:  George Henare  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Joe Folau  •  Teuila Blakely

When a storm washes a canoe bearing an infant boy ashore upon a small South Pacific island, he is at first well-received as a gift from the heavens, even to the point of the tribal chief adopting him as a successor. However, with time as hardships are blamed upon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Ramirez
CAST:  George Henare  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Joe Folau  •  Teuila Blakely

Young Hercules (1998)

This film directed by T.J. Scott is a prequel to the popular television series. At an academy for mythological warriors, 17-year-old Hercules (Ian Bohen) meets Jason, the next in line to rule Corinth. When Jason discovers that his father is ill, Hercules decides to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  T.J. Scott
CAST:  Ian Bohen  •  Dean O'Gorman  •  Chris Conrad  •  Johna Stewart-Bowden

This film directed by T.J. Scott is a prequel to the popular television series. At an academy for mythological warriors, 17-year-old Hercules (Ian Bohen) meets Jason, the next in line to rule Corinth. When Jason discovers that his father is ill, Hercules decides to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  T.J. Scott
CAST:  Ian Bohen  •  Dean O'Gorman  •  Chris Conrad  •  Johna Stewart-Bowden

Rain of the Children (2008)

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In Rain of the Children, Ward further explores the subject of his earlier film, In Spring One Plants Alone when, as a young film student he travelled to the Ureweras and documented the lives of an elderly Māori woman (Puhi) and her schizophrenic son (Niki).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Ward
CAST:  Rena Owen  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Taungaroa Emile

In Rain of the Children, Ward further explores the subject of his earlier film, In Spring One Plants Alone when, as a young film student he travelled to the Ureweras and documented the lives of an elderly Māori woman (Puhi) and her schizophrenic son (Niki).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Ward
CAST:  Rena Owen  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Taungaroa Emile

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

Five years have passed and Jake has turned his back on his family. He's still up to his usual tricks in McClutchy's Bar, unaware, as he downs his latest opponent, that his eldest son, Nig, has died in a gang fight. The uncomfortable family reunion at Nig's funeral ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Mune
CAST:  Temuera Morrison  •  Rudolph Alford  •  Julian Arahanga  •  Tony Billy

Five years have passed and Jake has turned his back on his family. He's still up to his usual tricks in McClutchy's Bar, unaware, as he downs his latest opponent, that his eldest son, Nig, has died in a gang fight. The uncomfortable family reunion at Nig's funeral ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Mune
CAST:  Temuera Morrison  •  Rudolph Alford  •  Julian Arahanga  •  Tony Billy

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses (2015)

This impressive doco disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a mākutu lifting.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Stubbs
CAST:  Vivien Bell  •  Tangaroa Te Ariki  •  Viv Babbington  •  William Davis

This impressive doco disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a mākutu lifting.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Stubbs
CAST:  Vivien Bell  •  Tangaroa Te Ariki  •  Viv Babbington  •  William Davis

Tangiwai: A Love Story (2011)

The story of famous New Zealand cricketer, Bob Blair and his fiance Nerissa Love, whose young life was shattered by the 1953 Tangiwai Disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Haskell
CAST:  Rose McIver  •  Ryan O'Kane  •  Miranda Harcourt  •  Mick Rose

The story of famous New Zealand cricketer, Bob Blair and his fiance Nerissa Love, whose young life was shattered by the 1953 Tangiwai Disaster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Haskell
CAST:  Rose McIver  •  Ryan O'Kane  •  Miranda Harcourt  •  Mick Rose

Aftershock (2008)

Aftershock follows four groups of people in the minutes, hours and days after Wellington is struck by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Buried office workers must pull together. Strangers, caught by the tsunami on a ruined motorway, put themselves ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brendan Donovan
CAST:  Adam Armstrong  •  Monique Bree  •  Christopher Brougham  •  Hamish Brown

Aftershock follows four groups of people in the minutes, hours and days after Wellington is struck by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Buried office workers must pull together. Strangers, caught by the tsunami on a ruined motorway, put themselves ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brendan Donovan
CAST:  Adam Armstrong  •  Monique Bree  •  Christopher Brougham  •  Hamish Brown

Enemy Within (2019)

When a Japanese pilot crash-lands on the tiny remote Hawaiian island of Ni'ihau, he is met with courtesy and traditional Hawaiian hospitality from the locals - until they discover he was part of the recent attack on Pearl Harbor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Robertson
CAST:  Rila Fukushima  •  Beulah Koale  •  Matt Riedy  •  Melissa Paulo

When a Japanese pilot crash-lands on the tiny remote Hawaiian island of Ni'ihau, he is met with courtesy and traditional Hawaiian hospitality from the locals - until they discover he was part of the recent attack on Pearl Harbor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Robertson
CAST:  Rila Fukushima  •  Beulah Koale  •  Matt Riedy  •  Melissa Paulo

Nancy From Now On (2019)

Short-film about a Māori boy who has a secret desire to be a drag queen and his inability to talk to his father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keely Meechan
CAST:  Bailey Poching  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Wilson Downes  •  Jane Hawkins

Short-film about a Māori boy who has a secret desire to be a drag queen and his inability to talk to his father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Keely Meechan
CAST:  Bailey Poching  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Wilson Downes  •  Jane Hawkins

Once Were Warriors (1994)

A drama about a Maori family living in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Tamahori
CAST:  Rena Owen  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell  •  Julian Arahanga

A drama about a Maori family living in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Tamahori
CAST:  Rena Owen  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell  •  Julian Arahanga

Flight of the Albatross (1996)

After a period of separation, Sarah visits her research scientist mother on a remote New Zealand island. Before long Sarah becomes inextricably involved in events involving both Maori legend and an Albatross.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Werner Meyer
CAST:  Jack Thompson  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Julia Brendler  •  Suzanne von Borsody

After a period of separation, Sarah visits her research scientist mother on a remote New Zealand island. Before long Sarah becomes inextricably involved in events involving both Maori legend and an Albatross.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Werner Meyer
CAST:  Jack Thompson  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Julia Brendler  •  Suzanne von Borsody

Jubilee (2000)

Billy (Cliff Curtis) is trying to organize the biggest celebration the town of Waimatua has even seen - the 75th Jubilee of their school. In doing this, feckless Billy is trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his family, especially his frustrated wife Pauline ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hurst
CAST:  Cliff Curtis  •  Theresa Healey  •  Hori Ahipene  •  Kevin Smith

Billy (Cliff Curtis) is trying to organize the biggest celebration the town of Waimatua has even seen - the 75th Jubilee of their school. In doing this, feckless Billy is trying to redeem himself in the eyes of his family, especially his frustrated wife Pauline ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hurst
CAST:  Cliff Curtis  •  Theresa Healey  •  Hori Ahipene  •  Kevin Smith

Patu Ihu (2008)

After the death of his uncle, a young man remembers back to a game his uncle taught him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Summer Agnew
CAST:  Kohonui Joshua Wilcox  •  Calvin Tuteao  •  Merekatene Simpson  •  Louis Kemara

After the death of his uncle, a young man remembers back to a game his uncle taught him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Summer Agnew
CAST:  Kohonui Joshua Wilcox  •  Calvin Tuteao  •  Merekatene Simpson  •  Louis Kemara