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Whale rider [videorecording (DVD)] / South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; written & directed by Niki Caro ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner.

Caro, Niki. (Added Author). Sanders, Tim. (Added Author). Barnett, John, 1945- (Added Author). Hübner, Frank. (Added Author). Narbey, Leon. (Added Author). Coulson, David. (Added Author). Gerrard, Lisa. (Added Author). Castle-Hughes, Keisha, 1990- (Added Author). Paratene, Rawiri. (Added Author). Haughton, Vicky. (Added Author). Curtis, Cliff, 1968- (Added Author). Roa, Grant, 1974- (Added Author). Taumaunu, Mana. (Added Author). House, Rachel. (Added Author). Ihimaera, Witi Tame, 1944- Whale rider. (Added Author). Alliance Atlantis (Firm) (Added Author). Newmarket Films. (Added Author). South Pacific Pictures (Firm) (Added Author). ApolloMedia (Firm) (Added Author). Pandora Film (Firm) (Added Author). New Zealand Film Production Fund. (Added Author). New Zealand Film Commission. (Added Author). NZ On Air. (Added Author). Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House. (Cast).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Lansdowne Library PN 1995.9 I49 W53 2003 (Text) 26040002893002 Media Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. (DVD)
  • Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Atlantis ; c2002.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.
Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera.
Special features: Director commentary; deleted scenes; Te Waka: building the canoe featurette; Behind the scenes of Whale rider; Whale rider: the soundtrack showcase; art gallery; story board gallery; theatrical trailer and tv spots.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Executive producers, Bill Gavin, Linda Goldstein Knowlton; Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major.
Participant or Performer Note:
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House.
Summary, etc.:
The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possesses a natural leadership ability.
Language Note:
English and French audio tracks with optional English or Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned.
Subject: Grandparent and child > New Zealand > Whangarei > Drama.
Whales > Drama.
Chiefdoms > New Zealand > Whangarei > Drama.
Feature films

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