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The abridged sound remake of Rewi’s Last Stand.

Rudall Hayward was determined to correct the mistakes he had made in the 1925 silent film, Rewi’s Last Stand (See F2290). Like the earlier version, the film is heavily indebted to the historian James Cowan and his account of the invasion of the Waikato by the British during the war of the 1860s.

The film takes its name from the famous battle of Ōrākau where Rewi Maniapoto and 300 supporters resisted the advance of over 2,000 Imperial troops during a siege which lasted three days. Around this Hayward wove a fictional love story between a settler, Robert Beaumont, and Ariana, a young Māori woman played by his future wife Rāmai Te Miha aka Patricia Miller.

Released in Britain in 1949 as THE LAST STAND, the original negatives were cut to meet the British quota system. Only this shortened version of the film is known to survive.

In 1970 THE LAST STAND became the first New Zealand feature to be shown on NZ television. It was widely distributed through NZ schools through the National Film Library.

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Year 1940

Reference number F5690

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:03:00

Production company Equity British Films

Viewing locations

View online, or at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington

Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Director: Rudall Hayward Photography: Rudall Hayward Writer: Rudall Hayward Sound: Ron Purdy Music: Alfred Hill Cast: Ramai Te Miha , Stanley Knight , Leo Pilcher , Selwyn Wood , Phoebe Clarke , Tom Moisley , Henare Toka , Raureti Te Huia Associate Cameramen: Edwin Coubray Associate Cameramen: Jay McCarthy;