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The Te Kooti Trail

The Te Kooti Trail

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  • Thu 13 Jul ’17, 5:15pm – 7:10pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Concession Admission: $8.00

Inspired by New Zealand’s “rough-hewn story”, filmmaker Rudall Hayward used events from New Zealand history in his big-screen adaptations. The story of The Te Kooti Trail centres on Maori religious and military leader Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki and an incident during the New Zealand Land Wars - the 1867 sacking of Mill Farm. Hayward adapted his screenplay from an account in James Cowan’s history The New Zealand Wars (1922).

At Te Poronu, near Whakatane, Te Kooti’s forces attack a mill, killing Miller Jean Guerrin and take his wife, Erihapeti and her sister Monika, captive. Monika is killed for refusing to reveal where Jean has buried his ammunition. For extra dramatic effect, Hayward adds a love story inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s Legion of the Lost. Billed as New Zealand’s “greatest production”, The Te Kooti Trail had its world premiere at the Strand Theatre, Auckland on 17 November 1927.

This screening is part of the Film in the Colony Symposium hosted by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. This screening is free if you are registered for the Film & the Colony Symposium.

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