New Zealand drama films

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  1. Whale Rider

    Whale Rider (2002)

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    Whale Rider is a 2002 drama film directed by Niki Caro, based on the novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera. The film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a twelve-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only.


  2. Heavenly Creatures

    Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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    Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 New Zealand drama film directed by Peter Jackson, from a screenplay he co-wrote with his partner, Fran Walsh, about the notorious 1954 Parker–Hulme murder case in Christchurch, New Zealand. The film features Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet in their screen debuts with supporting roles by Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, and Simon O'Connor. The main premise deals with the obsessive relationship between two teenage girls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who murder Parker's mother. The events of the film cover the period from the girls' meeting in 1952 to the murder in 1954.


  3. Separation City

    Separation City (2009)

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    Separation City is a film starring Joel Edgerton, Rhona Mitra, Danielle Cormack, and Les Hill. It is directed by Paul Middleditch. Filming concluded in June, 2009, after 5 weeks of shooting.


  4. Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue (2006)

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    Out of the Blue is a 2006 New Zealand film directed by Robert Sarkies and starring Karl Urban. The film premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival in Canada and was released in New Zealand on 12 October 2006 to minor controversy. The film has since grossed well over $1 million at the New Zealand box-office taking it into the top ten highest grossing local films.


  5. Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr

    Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

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    Race for the Yankee Zephyr is a 1981 New Zealand suspense-action-thriller film directed by David Hemmings and starring Ken Wahl, Lesley Ann Warren, George Peppard and Donald Pleasence.


  6. Among the Cinders

    Among the Cinders (1983)

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    Among the Cinders is a 1983 New Zealand drama film directed by Rolf Hädrich and starring Paul O'Shea, Amanda Jones Derek Hardwick and Yvonne Lawley. It is based on the 1965 novel of the same name by New Zealand author Maurice Shadbolt. After a hunting accident in which his friend is killed (for which he blames himself) a boy runs away from home and goes to live with his grandparents, where he matures into a man.


  7. A Maori Maid's Love

    A Maori Maid's Love (1916)

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    A Maori Maid's Love (Originally titled The Surveyor's Daughter) is a 1916 Australian silent film directed by Raymond Longford about an interracial romance between a white man and a Māori girl. It is considered a lost film as there are no known copies.


  8. The Insatiable Moon

    The Insatiable Moon (2010)

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    The Insatiable Moon is a 2010 New Zealand drama film, based on a 1997 novel of the same name by Mike Riddell, who also wrote the screenplay.


  9. The Mutiny of the Bounty

    The Mutiny of the Bounty (1916)

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    The Mutiny of the Bounty is a 1916 Australian-New Zealand silent film directed by Raymond Longford about the mutiny aboard HMS Bounty. It is the first known cinematic dramatisation of this story and is considered a lost film.


  10. Kingpin

    Kingpin (1985)

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    Kingpin is a 1985 New Zealand drama film directed by Mike Walker. It was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.


  11. Runaway

    Runaway (1964)

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    Runaway, also called Runaway Killer, is a 1964 New Zealand made thriller film and a road movie. John O’Shea of Pacific Films produced, directed and co-wrote it. Shot in black & white and released on 35 mm and also 16 mm, it was cut to 80 minutes and renamed Runaway Killer for release in Britain, although this lost continuity between scenes. The film starred Colin Broadley in the lead, and several New Zealanders who became famous in other fields; Kiri Te Kanawa, Barry Crump and Ray Columbus.


  12. White Lies

    White Lies (2013)

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    White Lies is a 2013 New Zealand film directed by Dana Rotberg, based on the Witi Ihimaera novel, Medicine Woman. The film stars Whirimako Black, Antonia Prebble, and Rachel House. The film premiered in New Zealand cinemas on 27 June 2013. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was selected as the New Zealand entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.


  13. Primitive Passions

    Primitive Passions (1935)

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    Hei Tiki also known as Primitive Passions and Hei Tiki: A Saga of the Maoris was a 1935 American film made in New Zealand by the eccentric Alexander Markey, and released with sound added in America. The film gained notoriety in America by having scenes of nudity cut in various states.


  14. The Devil's Pit

    The Devil's Pit (1929)

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    Under the Southern Cross also known as The Devil’s Pit or Taranga, is a 1929 American drama film set in New Zealand, directed by Lew Collins for Universal Studios, who also wrote the screenplay. Originally titled Taranga by the original director Alexander Markey, but was completed by Collins and released as Under the Southern Cross in 1929, then with the introduction of sound was given a soundtrack and retitled The Devil’s Pit in 1930. The film was shot on White Island, which has an active volcano.


  15. Leave All Fair

    Leave All Fair (1985)

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    Leave All Fair is a 1985 New Zealand made film starring John Gielgud as John Middleton Murry the husband of Katherine Mansfield. He is presented as a sanctimonious exploiter of her memory, who ill-treated her during their association. Jane Birkin plays both Mansfield in flashbacks and the fictitious Marie Taylor who finds a letter from the dying Mansfield to Murry in his papers.


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