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Rapa NuiRapa Nui (1994)
Dir. Kevin Reynolds
Feat. Jason Scott Lee, Rena Owen, George Henare
Two boyhood friends from different tribes struggle to lead their people and win the love of the same woman.¬†Ambitious Easter Island adventure is…
Once Were WarriorsOnce Were Warriors (1994) Aro Favourite
Dir. Lee Tamahori
Feat. Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Julian Arahanga
As sensational as it is important, Lee Tamahori's adaptation managed to transform Alan Duff's relentlessly down–beat novel about domestic…
When Love ComesWhen Love Comes (1999)
Dir. Garth Maxwell
Feat. Rena Owen, Simon Prast, Nancy Brunning
Earnest tableaux of straight, gay, lesbian and platonic relationships underscored by a music motif and sombre themes of compromise and loss.…
Nemesis GameNemesis Game (2003)
Dir. Jesse Warn
Feat. Carly Pope, Ian McShane, Rena Owen
Twisted, overly enigmatic thriller shot in New Zealand, that concerns a student's obsession with a high–stakes game of riddles. Noticing…
Land Has Eyes, TheLand Has Eyes, The (Pear ta ma 'on maf) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Vilsoni Hereniko
Feat. Sapeta Taito, Rena Owen, Voi Fesaitu
The first ever Fijian feature film, this evokes WHALE RIDER with its tale of a young woman (Taito) who aspires to transcend an existence…
Mee-SheeMee-Shee (The Water Giant) (2005)
Dir. John Henderson
Feat. Bruce Greenwood, Rena Owen, Joel Tobeck
A modest yet engaging family adventure, partly filmed in New Zealand, with special effects by 'Jim Henson's Creature Shop'.
Rain of the Children Rain of the Children (2007) Aro Favourite
Dir. Vincent Ward
Feat. Vincent Ward, Rena Owen
Vincent Ward's masterful docu–drama – in which he investigates the 'cursed life' of an elderly Maori woman – is a deeply personal…
Veronika Decides to DieVeronika Decides to Die (2008)
Dir. Emily Young
Feat. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker, Erika Christensen
A failed suicide attempt gives a woman a new lease on life when she wakes to realize that she only has days to live in this adaptation of Paulo…
Piece Of My HeartPiece Of My Heart (2009) Recommended
Dir. Fiona Samuel
Feat. Annie Whittle, Rena Owen, Emily Barclay
TVNZ–commissioned drama focused on the issue of adoption in New Zealand, told through the story of two women who must reconcile their past as…
Dead Lands, TheDead Lands, The (2014) Recommended
Dir. Toa Fraser
Feat. James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, a Maori chieftain's son, must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and…

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