Once Were Warriors
Once Were Warriors, published in 1990, was New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling first novel, and the basis for a 1994 film, directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison. It tells the story of an urban Maori family, the Hekes, and portrays the disturbing reality of domestic violence.
Production and awards
The film was produced by Communicado, its first feature film.
The film won best film at the New Zealand Film & Television Awards, Durban International Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival.