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“CROOKED EARTH is an explosive, action-packed saga in which two brothers battle over the future of their people.

“Sam Pillsbury directed this modern-day wild frontier story of rebellion, passion and survival.

“Will Bastion (Temuera Morrison) returns from 20 years service in the New Zealand Army to Raukura, his hometown, to face the biggest challenge of his life. His father has died, leaving a sacred greenstone patu, the symbol of leadership, to him. He doesn't want it, believing it represents the violence he has turned his back on.

“Looking for peace and quiet after the horror of the East Timor War, Will finds no escape from the ravages of the modern world. His family is torn apart, the community an unrecognisable battlefield. They look to him for rescue.

I”n Will's absence, his brother, the charismatic firebrand Kahu (Lawrence Makoare) has turned the village into a lawless dope-growing wasteland. Riding hard and fast on horseback through the night, brandishing flaming torches, his gang intimidates and punishes anyone in their way. Kahu takes the greenstone patu literally, using its force to club the world into submission.

“When Will finds a stash of stolen guns and realises Kahu is involved in murder, he knows he must act to restore peace. It's brother against brother in a flaming inferno of loyalty, betrayal, love and honour.” - New Zealand Film Commission;; 22/01/2014.

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Year 2001

Reference number F52982

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:45:37

Production company Communicado, Crooked Earth Productions

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

Credits Director: Sam Pillsbury  
Producer: Robin Scholes
Writer: Karin Altmann
Writer: Michael Brindley
Writer: Greg McGee
Writer: Waihoroi Shortland (Ngā Puhi - Ngāti Hineamaru)
Writer: Gavin Strawhan
Director of Photography: David Gribble
Editor: Chris Plummer
Casting: Don Charles Selwyn
Production Design: Kai Hawkins
Music: James Hall
Cast: Temuera Morrison
Cast: Jaime Passier-Armstrong
Cast: Lawrence Makoare
Cast: Quinton Hita (Ngā Puhi)
Cast: Nancy Brunning
Cast: Sydney Jackson
Cast: George Henare
Cast: Calvin Tuteao
Cast: Stan Wolfgramm
Cast: Sela Apera
Cast: William Davis (Ii)
Cast: Eliza Bidois
Cast: Mabel Wharekawa
Cast: Tairoa Morrison
Cast: Mark Nua
Cast: Vapi Kupenga
Cast: Evan Gregory
Cast: Lawrence Campbell
Cast: Damion Schroeder
Cast: Ross Duncan (Iii)
Cast: Graeme Sciascia
Cast: Anaru Grant
Cast: Arthur Ranford
Cast: Stan Wood
Cast: Luke Snowden
Cast: Tewe Moana
Cast: Carol Hirschfield
Cast: Rose Daly
Cast: Daniel Tippet
Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission