Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Kit_11
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LEVEL 2 THE FILM CENTRE 119 JERVOIS QUAY WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND
Writer Vanessa Rare
Director Vanessa Rare
Producer Adrianne Rikihana
Production Company Ngawaka Productions
Colour 12mins 35mm 1:1:85 Dolby Digital
Two men, a dodgy car deal, and sacred
Sacred land… or Tapu, as Maori put it.
This is a world where ritual and prayer is the
only formidable respect that will pave our way.
Respect of where we are standing. Respect
for the events of the past. Respect for
whatever immortal spirit waits for the ignorant.
For the ignorant, there is no turning back once
tapu is broken. It can only bring about a fate
that doesn’t hear “sorry”, there is no reverse,
just the outcome of old.
Rua needs to do a run into the desert to pick
up a car. No questions, don’t want to know if
it’s dodgy. It’s a quiet understanding between
Rua and his car man. It’s an expensive car so
there will be a big pay at the end of the job.
Petree’s happy. He’s been included as the 2nd
driver and it’s a quick and easy earn. One days
drive, then back home before night fall. But is
that all that’s on Petree’s mind…
Rua knows Petree can be a loose cannon. He’s
young, lippy, arrogant and impatient.
Once things don’t go according to plan, Petree
reacts under the pressure of the job going
wrong. But he’s confident because he’s still got
his back up plan.
Rua and Petree enter the Desert Road as the
sun begins to drop in the sky, heading for Pikowae
– a central North Island town. They’re intending
to pick up a car - and make a run for it – easy
money, no problem.
Arriving at the sign post for PIKOWAE, they
wait for the other party to arrive. As the sun
falls, tensions arise - two men who don’t know
each other very well, stuck in the middle of
nowhere. The deal’s taking too long and Petree’s
got ulterior motives. Rua, a very cool and
collected man, lets Petree wallow in his own anger.
As they wait, in the dark and cold of the Central
Plateau, an old man walks out of the darkness
and asks to wait in their car. With him comes a
scent of older and hidden things. What angered
Petree beforehand now becomes fear. Then
the old man disappears into the night. Petree
convinces Rua it’s time to get out of this creepy
But when they try to leave, the land and its
spirits won’t let them go. Not until the price is
Rua knows something is amiss, but calmly
continues to play the cat and mouse game
What Petree is unaware of is exactly where
they are, or more to the point, what land
they are standing on and the secrets it holds.
Needing to go further into the world of film-
making, Vanessa did two 12 week courses on
Screenplay which brought about the making of
her first short film “Koa means Joy”, which she
wrote and directed in 1997.
Upon realising how important it was for Maori to
be able to tell their own stories, Vanessa
continued to write scripts. Bringing her to her
next project, “The Blue Line”, a half-hour drama
written for a Television series called “Mataku”,
which she also directed.
Then came a very important project to
Vanessa’s heart - “Pikowae”. A film that all told,
took 2 years to complete and was to be shot
on 35mm, on location in the Central North Island
desert in New Zealand. This is something that
Vanessa longed to do ever since her decision to
write and direct. To be able to capture the New
Zealand environment on 35mm film, partnered
with a thriller short film.
Since then, Vanessa has made another
“Mataku” drama called “The God Child”. This
series will be broadcast on New Zealand Television
in October 2002.
Vanessa is intrigued by the thriller genre and
very passionate about the mystique that lies
within this genre. She also enjoys writing what
she directs and believes that if one is able to
take the story from the screenplay and enhance
it on screen, that the job has been done well.
And the enhancement comes from the emotion
that is written on the page.
“So long as I can touch people’s lives
with my stories and images, I’m happy,
and I’ll continue to search for enlighten-
ment enabling me to do this in a unique
DIRECTOR: Vanessa Rare
TRIBES: Tamatera, Tamatepo,
Vanessa has a background in acting, her first
film being the lead in a feature in 1989, called
Ruby and Rata. She then went on to do another
feature in 1990, called Te Rua. She has always
had a love of acting.
In 1994 Vanessa’s interests went beyond acting
into the writing arena. She studied for 2 years
at Auckland University doing Literature and
Television & Film.
Screenplay Written and Directed by Vanessa Rare
Producer Adrianne Rikihana
Executive Producer THE Film Ltd
Director of Photography Paul Samuals
Editor Pat Monaghan
Art Director Clayton Ercolano
Sound Design Chris Burt
Music Frank Marinthe
First Assistant Director Andrew Sorenson
Sound Recordist Dave Madigan
Wardrobe/Make-up Peter Sweeney
Key Grip Sean Ambler
Lighting Director Marc Mateo
Stop Motion Camera Dan Monaghan
Stills Kirsty Griffin
Rua Calvin Tuteao
Petree Karl Drinkwater
Manu Kai-Kiko Robin Kora