WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED?

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“Jake's search for redemption.“After Beth left him to seek a life beyond the violence and uncertainty, Jake the Muss turned his back on his family. While he has found a new woman, Rita, he's still up to his usual tricks in McClutchy's Bar, unaware, as he downs his latest opponent, that is eldest son, Nig, has died in a gang fight.

“WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED? is director Ian Mune's sequel to the international success Once Were Warriors (1994, directed by Lee Tamahori), based on the book by Alan Duff. Duff also took on the role of script writer for the film.

“WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED? won nine of its thirteen nominations at the NZ Film and TV Awards (1999), including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

“Festival/Awards: Bangkok Film Festival-Thailand 2000 New Zealand Film Festival NY-USA 2001.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/what-becomes-of-the-broken-hearted; 24/01/2014.

“A sequel to Once Were Warriors, in which Jake the Muss hits rock bottom after his son Nig dies in a gang fight and he falls out with Sonny, his second son. Meanwhile, Sonny and his friends intend to avenge Nig’s death but find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the violence of gang life” - (New Zealand Listener, July 29, 2000)

“No matter how often the producers say it’s not a sequel, drawing comparisons with the phenomenal Warriors is unavoidable, and rewarding. The new film has a little less of the ad-director’s gloss, more of Ian Mune’s attention to the detail of character and location, and Alan Duff’s script pounds home his views on child- rearing [...] After an explosive opening, Duff’s script gets a bit lost in the bush, and it ends with an abruptness which looks like directorial desperation, but, overall, the gamble pays off. This film may not have the overseas success of its illustrious forerunner, but it should mean much more to us locals” - (Mark Derby, “The warrior strikes back”, City Voice, May 27,1999)

“If nothing else Broken Hearted proves the territory it covers still needs our care and attention as much today as it did when Warriors came out. In a country where the closest we usually get to airing our dirty laundry is after an All Black loss, the jolt is needed. It just comes as a bit of a shock to be rummaging through the bleakest corners of our culture in a cinema” - (Michael Lamb, “Sadness heart of sequel”, Sunday Star Times, May 23, 1999)

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Year 1999

Reference number F46948

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:38:31

Production company South Pacific Pictures

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Credits Cast: Temuera Morrison
Cast: Tony Arahanga
Cast: Lawrence Makaore
Cast: Roi Taimana
Cast: Sonny Kirikiri
Cast: Julian Sonny Arahanga
Cast: Nancy Brunning
Cast: Otis Frizzell
Cast: Tu Brown
Cast: Rudolph Alford
Cast: Aravinder Singh
Cast: Edna Stirling
Cast: Rena Owen
Cast: Taungaroa Emile
Cast: Clint Eruera
Cast: Joseph Kairau
Cast: Hop Thompson
Cast: Eru Potaka Dewes
Cast: Tammy Davis
Cast: Anaru Grant
Cast: Warwick Morehu
Producer: Bill Gavin
1st Assistant Director: Carey Carter
Executive Producer: John Barnett
Executive Producer: Richard Sheffield
Associate Producer: Alan Duff
Associate Producer: Temuera Morrison
Line Producer: Janet McIver
Director of Photography: Allen Guilford
Stills Photographer: Kerry Brown
Camera: Alun Bollinger
Editor: Michael Horton
Sound Recordist: Tony Johnson
Post Production Co-Ordinator: Patrick Monaghan
Production Designer: Peter Langford
Art Director: Miro Harre
Art Director: Tim Barlow
Production Manager: Richard Barker
Production Designer: Brett Schwieters
Costume Director: Pauline Bowkett
Casting Director: Don Charles Selwyn
Music: David Hirschfelder
Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission
Writer: Alan Duff
Director: Ian Mune

Related Link New Zealand Film Commission