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Utu Redux

1h 47m Action, Adventure 2013

Directed by:Geoff Murphy
Written by: Geoff Murphy and Keith Aberdein

Geoff Murphy’s original 1983 classic, digitally re-mastered to glorious effect.

Meaning retribution, Utu takes an unflinching look at the British colonial presence in the country during the 1870s. Te Wheke, a scout and guide for the British army, comes across his village, wiped out in a massacre by the British. He deserts and vows to take revenge against his former employers. Joining a group of other, equally angry Maori, he sets in motion a brutal campaign of terror and murder. It begins with a single woman and the burning of her house and spreads far and wide from there.

As Te Wheke, Anzac Wallace gives an unforgettable performance, ably supported by Kiwi icon Bruno Lawrence. Utu has lost none of its power or relevance in the years since its initial release, and this version gives new life to a story that should never be forgotten.

New Zealand International Film Festival: 2013


Anzac Wallace (Te Wheke) , Bruno Lawrence (Williamson) , Wi Kuki Kaa (Wiremu) , Kelly Johnson (Lieutenenat Scott) , Ilona Rodgers (Emily) , Merata Mita (Matu) , Martyn Sanderson (Vicar)


Geoff Murphy


Geoff Murphy


Graeme Cowley

Director of Photography

Graeme Cowley

Production Designer

Ron Highfield




New Zealand


Abbas Utu

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