is a 1952 New Zealand
film. It was directed and produced by John O'Shea
and Roger Mirams
, and written by O'Shea. It starred Kay Ngarimu
and Terence Bayler
, and also featured Mira Hape
, Bill Merito
and George Ormond
premiered on 10 July 1952. Filmed in black and white, it had a running length of 69 minutes. The film was the first real attempt at a feature film to be produced in New Zealand since the end of World War II
and was filmed on a shoestring budget, and as such was fairly rudimentary and naive, yet was also important at re-establishing the New Zealand film industry.
The film addresses mistrust and prejudice between Pākehā
in New Zealand, portraying a romance between a Pākehā man and a Māori woman. The film was somewhat controversial at its release.
The film is about the relationship between Tom Sullivan, a Pākehā journalist, and Rawi, a Māori woman. Sullivan meets Rawi while researching articles on rural Māori life, and he stays for a time with Rawi's family. Rawi's family disapproves of her relationship with a Pākehā man, ending in a quarrel. Later, however, the two are re-united in the city, where Rawi goes to work as a nurse. The two resume their romance, but this time meet with opposition from Sullivan's family and friends, who do not wish him to be involved with a Māori woman. Sullivan eventually comes to agree with their views, and the couple separate once again. Sullivan has a change of heart, however, when he... Read More