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Landscape in film: Utu

Geoff Murphy's explosive 'puha western', Utu, was set during the land wars of the 1860s and shot on the central North Island's volcanic plateau. It uses this region's spectacular scenery to full effect as a setting for large-scale battle scenes, and to emphasise the different worlds of its Pākehā and Māori characters. The film was released in 1983, and recut in an enhanced version in 2013. This is the trailer for the 2013 Utu redux.

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Reference: Utu Redux. Director, producer and writer, Geoff Murphy. Utu Productions, 2013.

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - New Zealand and the movies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014