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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

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production DIRECTOR

Genre Feature

Duration 1:45:37

Production company Communicado, Crooked Earth Productions

Taonga Māori Collection Yes


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington - 2011.9169 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland - 2003.6809

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

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