Mahana, the latest film from acclaimed New Zealand-born filmmaker Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors), is set to receive a limited Australian theatrical release.
Mahana, also known as The Patriarch in some markets, is set in 1960’s rural New Zealand and follows two Māori sheep-shearing families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, as they battle for supremacy in the shearing sheds and in their own hearts. The youngest Mahana, 14-year-old Simeon, is troubled by the rivalry and begins to unravel the truth behind the longstanding feud. Once Were Warriors actor Temuera Morrison stars alongside newcomer Akuhata Augs Keefe.
Tamahori has directed the film from a screenplay by John Collee, whose screen credits include Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Happy Feet and last year’s acclaimed Australia-Vanuatu co-production Tanna.
Entertainment One Films Australia has today announced that Mahana will be released in Sydney and Melbourne on December 8 for a two-week season, with sessions to be held at Sydney’s Dendy Newtown and Melbourne’s Cinema Nova.
Tamahori hit big US projects after Once Were Warriors proved to be a big success. The director went on to helm The Edge, Along Came a Spider, Bond film Die Another Day, and the Dominic Cooper-starring thriller The Devil’s Double.
Check out the trailer for Mahana below: