Winda Film Festival in partnership with Screen Australia presents opening night of:
Australia's first international Indigenous film festival with Lee Tamahori's Mahana
From the author of Whale Rider, the screenwriter of Master and Commander and the producer and director of Once Were Warriors comes a profound and enduring tale of rural family life.
1960s, East Coast of New Zealand. Two Māori sheep-shearing families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals.
14-year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son of the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta he risks not just his own future prospects but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.
The film reunites the team behind iconic New Zealand film Once Were Warriors - Tamahori, Morrison and producer Robin Scholes, as well as editor Michael Horton. This is Tamahori’s first New Zealand film since Once Were Warriors 20 years ago.
Following the screening of Mahana we will head down to the Opera Bar for our official opening night party.