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Maori Television Features Mon Oct 24 to Sun Oct 30

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Please find attached publicity releases for Maori Television features for the week of Monday Oct 24 to Sunday Oct 30.
These include:

HONE TUWHARE – THE RETURN HOME
Monday October 24 at 8.30 PM

As a follow-up to the Hone Tuwhare documentary screening on Monday October 17, Maori Television presents the 2004 road trip documentary HONE TUWHARE – THE RETURN HOME. The Michelle McGregor-directed film traces a personal journey of enormous significance as the lauded poet returns to his home in Northland, nearly 70 years after leaving Kaikohe for the deep south. Captivating and not to be missed.


KABBARLI
Tuesday October 25 at 8.30 PM

The extraordinary life story of Daisy Bates – a legend from Australia known as the female version of Lawrence of Arabia – screens in Maori Television’s international documentary slot this week. An eccentric and wily widow who survived nearly 50 years in the harsh southwest Australian desert, Daisy Bates was either loved or loathed by the indigenous people she ‘worked’with.


HIP HOP HOPE
Friday October 28 at 8.30 PM

In this underground documentary, Director Darrel Wilks examines a viewpoint largely unexplored by the mainstream American media following the 2001 Twin Tower attacks. Debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, HIP HOP HOPE focuses on the urban lives and accounts of resident artists, their responses to the tragedy and their viewpoints on the challenges that continue to confront their communities.


REMEMBER ME
Sunday October 30 at 8.30 PM

This poignant feature film, directed by Italian director Gabriele Muccino follows two generations of an Italian family and the ups and downs of ordinary lives intertwined. The fictional story of a normal family and lost dreams strikes a universal chord with viewers everywhere this week.

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PUBLICITY RELEASE
FOR RELEASE MON OCT 24 TO SUN OCT 30


HONE TUWHARE : NO ORDINARY SON


Poet and national treasure Hone Tuwhare was born in Kaikohe in 1922 and moved to Auckland at the ge of nine. Seventy-five years after leaving Northland, poet and unabashed fan Glen Colquhoun decided it was time he came back.

The resulting journey of epic personal significance is captured on the Michelle McGregor-directed feature HONE TUWHARE – THE RETURN HOME, screening on Maori Television this Monday October 24 at 8.30 PM.

Penning a plea to the NZ Listener inviting the old man back from his permanent sanctity at Kaka Point (south Otago) worked for Colquhoun. He found himself accompanying Tuwhare and esteemed colleagues Mahina Kaui, Lavinia Kingi and Nopera Pikari on a Northland tour in March 2002.

Tagging along for the record were the crew from Blue Totara Productions ho recorded the public gatherings and poetry readings convened in his honour, the school visits and long overdue meetings with old friends.

HONE TUWHARE – THE RETURN HOME screened to critical acclaim at the New Zealand International film Festival in Wellington earlier this year and offers viewers a chance to jump on board with his public appearances and some of the bits in-between.

From clowning in bed and crooning Sinatra to scoffing back kaimoana, this charming portrait of one of Godzone’s favourite voices is captivating, fresh and guaranteed to leave the viewer richer for the experience.

HONE TUWHARE – THE RETURN HOME screens on Maori Television this Monday October 24 at 8.30 PM.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR HONE TUWHARE – THE RETURN HOME

Year 2004
Duration One-hour documentary
Censor Adults Only (AO)
Language Maori and English languages with English language sub-titles

PUBLICITY RELEASE
FOR RELEASE MON OCT 24 TO SUN OCT 30


AN EXTRAORDINARY OUTBACK TALE ON MAORI TELEVISION


The extraordinary life story of Daisy Bates – a legend from Australia known as the female version of Lawrence of Arabia – screens in Maori Television’s international documentary slot this Tuesday October 25 at 8.30 PM.

Director Andrew Taylor’s dramatized documentary KABBARLI chronicles the life of Ms Bates (played by Lynne Murphy) who survived nearly 50 years in the harsh southwest Australian desert until her death in 1951.

An eccentric and wily widow who insisted on carrying a parasol with her at all times and lived in a tent in the scorching sandhills of Nullarbor, Bates saw the indigenous Aboriginal population as a dying race whose passing would be made more comfortable with her help.

“All over the West Australian frontier I saw whole populations completely devastated. ‘Kabbarli (grandmother),’ the natives would say to me. ‘Meenya jang-ga bomungat – the smell of white man is killing us',” Bates records in her 1919 diaries.

True to the monarchy and a faithful upholder of the British Empire, her ‘work’ in anthropology and linguistics was viewed by some as saintly in her tireless support of indigenous Aboriginal people. Meanwhile, others took her to be manipulating and snobbish as she was also well known for slandering locals for cultural practices in local newspaper reports.

The documentary employs photographs, personal annotations, interviews and newspaper articles of the day to disclose her life.

Weaving between fiction and biography, history and memory, KABBARLI is a dramatic map of the colonial imagination and a portrait of a remarkable woman.

KABBARLI screens this Tuesday October 25 at 8.30 PM.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR KABBARLI

Year 2002
Duration One hour doco-drama feature
Censor Parental Guidance Recommended (PGR)
Language English language

PUBLICITY RELEASE
FOR RELEASE MON OCT 24 TO SUN OCT 30


THE VOICE OF THE 9/11 TRAGEDY ON MAORI TELEVISION


On the morning of September 11 2001, the world shrieked in horrified unison at the impossible sight of the Twin Towers falling under attack. Immediately following the devastation, a New York underground film maker set about on a mission to capture the perspective of a group of hip hop artists and document how they infused their lyrics with a message of hope.

The result is the captivating documentary HIP HOP HOPE, screening on Maori Television this Friday October 28 at 8.30 PM.

Director Darrel Wilks examines an underground viewpoint largely unexplored by the mainstream American media. His street interviews conducted at the Ground Zero in Manhattan suggest that the terrorist attacks simultaneously changed everything – and nothing at all.

Debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002, HIP HOP HOPE focuses on the urban lives and accounts of resident artists, their responses to the tragedy and their viewpoints on the challenges that continue to confront their communities – racism, corruption and poverty included.

One downtown rapper comments that New York seemed just as dangerous for him before the attack, while another expresses her appreciation at living in an uptown apartment which reduces her risk of attack.

Also featuring two not-to-be-missed performances, these artists translate the pain and joy of the soul through the simplest and most powerful of instruments – the human voice.

HIP HOP HOPE screens on Maori Television this Friday October 28 at 8.30 PM.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR HIP HOP HOPE

Year 2002
Duration One hour documentary
Censor Adults Only (AO)
Language English language

PUBLICITY RELEASE
FOR RELEASE MON OCT 24 TO SUN OCT 30


REMEMBER ME: SOME LOVES ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN


They wanted to make something of themselves but have since slipped into the unsettling anonymity of domestic family life. The fictional story of a normal Italian family and lost dreams strikes a universal chord with viewers with the screening of REMEMBER ME on Maori Television, this Sunday October 30 at 9.00 PM.

This poignant feature film, directed by Italian director Gabriele Muccino (The Last Kiss, But Forever in my Mind), follows two generations of an Italian family and the ups and downs of ordinary lives intertwined.

Carlo (played by Fabrizio Bentivoglio) was once an aspiring novelist and now works at a finance company. In turn, Guila (played by Laura Morante) sacrificed her dreams of becoming an actress for a stable family life.

Now, their children 19-year-old Paolo (played by Silvio Muccino) and 18-year-old Valentina (Nicoletta Romanoff) struggle to establish their own identities and round out an enticing feature film in which each family member struggles to discover their own life meaning.

Crisis after crisis threatens to shatter family relationships beyond repair as Carlo embarks on illicit relationship, Guilia attempts to seduce the director of a local stage production she is in and Valentina does what she does best to land an audition for a TV show.

Muccino says the inability for the characters to accept their own lives attracted her to write on the theme about compromises that need to be made in long-term commitments.

“They (the central characters) want to be somebody else. They are frustrated, incomplete and unresolved and I’m very attracted by all this, this atmosphere.

If you are happy, then you make your children and your wife happy and it is contagious. But, the sadness is even more contagious.

The humanity (in the film) comes from the humanity that precedes us. We are, after all, what our parents transmitted to us,” she says.

Relevant and engaging, REMEMBER ME screens on Maori Television this Sunday October 30 at 9.00 PM.


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR REMEMBER ME

Year 2003
Duration 1.5 hours feature film
Censor Not rated
Language Italian language with English language sub-titles

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