Could they have not just used a Maori actor? There are several kicking round Hollywood now.
“It’s alchemy,” Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley said of the collaborative process that brings his enigmatic character, Mazer Rackham, to life in the sci-fi epic Ender’s Gamer. (Click the photo for a larger image.)
Director-writer Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was key, according to Kingsley, as was the make-up and costume team working with Kingsley to breathe life into the half-Maori war hero, who is an almost mythical presence in Orson Scott Card’s 1980s bestseller.
“In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery,” Kingsley said of Rackham, a man who saved earth once and may have to do it again. “There’s quite a lot said about him in the story before you see him — by the recruits and by his fellow officers — and that’s useful as far as preparations.”
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FINALLY REALIZED WHO HE REMINDED ME OF. COCO MONTRESSE FROM ‘RUPAULS DRAG RACE’.
Granny Titiwhai Harawira’s Love Of Violence Passed On To Grandchildren – 3 Adult Harawira ‘Men’ Charged With Assaulting 12 Year Old Child.
Whilst this family takes a leadership role for Ngapuhi, the tribe will never grow. This family is total shit and salt everything they come into contact with. Grow some balls and cut this family loose. Ngapuhi will never accomplish anything whilst they have a say in Tribe affairs.
Three sons of anti-violence campaigner Hinewhare Harawira – and nephews of MP Hone Harawira – are facing charges over an assault on a 12-year-old boy. The charges were hanging over the men on Waitangi Day when Ms Harawira was acting in a leading role welcoming Sir Owen Glenn’s inquiry into violence onto Waitangi Marae. The three sons facing charges of injuring with intent to injure in relation to the August 24 incident are Mau Toa Harawira, 30, Enesi Zane Brooks Taito, 25, and Tohora Harawira, 22. According to the police summary, they pulled the car over and gave chase, following the boy to his home before returning for the car and parking it in the driveway. The two men then dragged the boy out of his bedroom “by his hair and arms” and onto the deck, where Tohora Harawira was waiting, the police claimed. Enesi Taito slapped the boy several more times while Mau Harawira went back inside the house and took a PlayStation3, games, two pairs of sport shoes and a baseball cap, the police summary claimed.
Am finding all the Pakeha angst over the endlessly dreary and white TVNZ 7 ending. Maori TV play the best docos and movies on NZ TV, and they have for years now. With shows like ‘Songs from the Inside’ they show they ‘get’ what TV can accomplish, whilst telling stories of NZ today. And the news that they are about to screen 6 classic NZ plays shows we have no need to worry about the end of TVNZ 7. Maori TV rocks, try them on for size.
•Strange Resting Places by Paolo Rotondo, Rob Mokaraka (Sunday 29 April 8.30pm)
Italy, 1944: a battle torn-theatre of the Second World War. The allied onslaught stalls at Monte Cassino and the 28th Māori Battalion find themselves centre stage. A young Māori soldier goes out to steal food; an Italian takes cover in a stable. Both find themselves trapped in a potentially deadly stand-off, but with Germans just outside, their survival depends on co-operation.
• Awhi Tapu by Albert Belz (Sunday 29 April 8.30pm)
At the foot of the Urewera ranges lies Awhi Tapu – a desolate forestry ghost town; with the forestry industry closed down most of the inhabitants have left. Wendyl, Sonny, Casper and Girl Girl have only each other and their fertile imaginations to rely on. Starring: Matariki Whatarau, Tola Newbery, Kura Forrester, James Tito.
• Purapurawhetu by Briar Grace-Smith (Sunday 06 May 8.30pm)
Purapurawhetu tells the story of a small community that has a painful, unacknowledged past which affects the present internal politics and hence cannot move on. Where have all the people gone? They have left because the place is full of sadness and no one knows why. Starring: Rawiri Paratene, Keisha Castle Hughes, Rob Mokaraka, Scott Cotter, Roimata Fox.
• When Sun And Moon Collide by Briar Grace-Smith (Sunday 13 May 8.30pm)
Isaac runs a tea rooms in the middle of nowhere where he watches life and cars pass by his window each day. When two of his customers share a chance meeting, he finds himself embroiled in something very sinister. Starring: Calvin Tuteao, Xavier Horan, Kip Chapman, Maria Walker, Sophie Roberts, Ben Van Lier, Anders Falstie-Jensen.
• Irirangi Bay by Riwia Brown (Sunday 20 May 8.30pm)
The consequences of a makutu (curse) laid during the New Zealand land wars haunts this passionate story. A seemingly perfect married couple of the 1950′s are victims of a web of secrets that threaten their very lives. Starring: Jamie McCaskill, Michelle Blundell
• The Prophet by Hone Kouka (Sunday 27 May 8.30pm)
Five cousins have returned to their ‘home’ on the East coast for another cousin’s unveiling. Over the three days they are there, they grow from being kids to adults. With the backdrop of basketball, cool urban sounds and the beautiful East Coast of the north island, The Prophet is chill, funny and definitely unforgettable. Starring: Tola Newbery, Matariki Whatarau, Juanita Hepi, Cian White, Scott Cotter, Waimihi Hotere.