Once Were Warriors

Directed by Lee Tamahori
Lee Tamahori
Film Movement Classics
102 Minutes
New Zealand
English, Maori
Thriller, Romance, Drama, Classics
Screening Formats:
DCP, Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78
Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound
Theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Festival and non-theatrical booking
Erin Farrell
Materials and print traffic
Erin Farrell


Amidst the mean streets of Auckland, Beth Heke (Rena Owen) lives with her husband Jake (Temuera Morrison) and their three children in a tenement house for native Maori. Jake’s battle with alcoholism frequently results in terrifyingly violent outbursts, but Beth’s unwavering devotion prevents her from seeing how much his rage is destroying their family until it is nearly too late.

Winner of nine New Zealand Film Awards, this groundbreaking adaptation of Alan Duff’s hard-hitting novel set local box office records and launched the international career of director Lee Tamahori.