THE PATRIARCH (MAHANA)

It is the 1960s. Two Maori families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, make a living shearing sheep on the east coast of New Zealand. The two clans, who are bitter enemies, face each other as rivals at the annual sheep shearing competitions. Simeon is a 14-year-old scion of the Mahana clan. A courageous schoolboy, he rebels against his authoritarian grandfather Tamihana and his traditional ways of thinking and begins to unravel the reasons for the long-standing feud between the two families. Before long, the hierarchies and established structures of the community are in disarray because Tamihana, who is as stubborn as he is proud, is not prepared to acquiesce and pursue new paths. 

 

MAORI, ENGLISH | NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA | 2016 | DRAMA, THRILLER | FEATURE | 103 MIN | DCP | COLOR

 

Director: LEE TAMAHORI

Director Biography:

Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1950, he made a highly successful debut with the Maori drama Once Were Warriors, followed by several films with top-class casts including Mulholland Falls and The Edge. He has directed in television series including The Sopranos and had success as an action director with films like the James Bond production Die Another Day and Xxx:State Of the Union. His film The Devil’s Double screened in the Berlinale Panorama in 2011.

 

Cast: 
Temuera Morrison (Tamihana Mahana) Akuhata Keefe (Simeon Mahana) Nancy Brunning (Ramona Mahana) Jim Moriarty(Rupeni Poata)

 

Crew: 
Producer: Robin Scholes and Janine Dickins

Co-producers: James Dean, Troy Lum

Screenplay: John Collee from the novel Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies by Witi Ihimaera

Associate Producer/Script Advisor: Witi Ihimaera

Director of Photography: Ginny Loane

Production Designer: Mark Robins

Editor: Michael Horton, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson

 

Festivals:

Berlinale 2016