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Nights in the Gardens of Spain
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Witi Ihimaera (based on the novel by)
Witi Ihimaera (story)
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Release Date:
5 July 2012 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
An apparently happy family man must reveal a lifelong secret - that he is gay. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Calvin Tuteao ... Kawariki

Nathalie Boltt ... Annabelle
George Henare ... Hamiora
Vicky Haughton ... Grace

Dean O'Gorman ... Chris

Pana Hema Taylor ... Sebastian (as Pana Hema-Taylor)
Miriama-Jane Devantier ... Miranda
Robert van Mackelenberg ... Jack
Geoffrey Snell ... Walter
Patara Berryman ... Pita
Inia Maxwell ... Tipene
Niwa Milroy ... Puti
Bridget Pyc ... Emily
Margaret-Mary Hollins ... Denise
Jarod Rawiri ... Wayne
Amber Cureen ... Jessica
Scott Cotter ... James
Li Ming Hu ... Alice (as Li-Ming Hu)
Stephen Butterworth ... Spaniard
Jacqueline Nairn ... Neighbour
Charlie McDermott ... Ticket Attendant
Noa Campbell ... Kura Mum
Tyra Wilson ... Schoolgirl
Shannon McClure ... Sales Assistant
Alexander Hempstock ... Buff Guy
Jack Walley ... Coach
Gary Young ... Bags
Ethan Renata ... Young Seb
Owairea Tawera ... Baby Miranda
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Directed by
Katie Wolfe 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Witi Ihimaera  based on the novel by
Witi Ihimaera  story
Kate McDermott  screenplay

Produced by
Nicole Hoey .... producer
Christina Milligan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joel Haines 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Renata 
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Hough (film editor)
 
Production Design by
Brett Schwieters 
 
Costume Design by
Danielle Cormack 
 
Production Management
Roger Grant .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Gundesen .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Amy Barber .... foley artist
Bruno Barrett-Garnier .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruno Barrett-Garnier .... supervising sound editor
Adam Iles .... adr mixer
Bruce Langley .... sound effects editor
Ben Stockwell .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
James Schoning .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirsty Griffin .... stills photographer
John Renata .... focus puller
 
Editorial Department
Alexandra Sumner .... assistant editor
Peter Williams .... digital colorist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nights in the Gardens of Spain" - New Zealand (original title)
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New Zealand:76 min
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Quotes:
Chris:So you're not going to stay on in?
Kawariki:I'll never get any sleep if I do.
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Soundtrack:
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The main character makes this movie, 8 June 2013
Author: Movie Critic from Peru

Kawa (played by Calvin Tuteao) makes this Lifetime TV drama work. But this film is much better than a Lifetime TV drama (the topic would be a bit risqué for their Hallmark cards audience). It also has the New Zealand and Maori elements (albeit westernized and top of the social pyramid Maoris) doing touristy routines (dances with tongues out etc..)

Still you come away with a view of this cultural world that I knew next to nothing about. Be forewarned this movie presents it like PC garbage for the most part but still will call it Maori 101.

Kawa is a classic gay man trapped by cultural forces into acting out a heterosexual existence. For most gay men this would be next to impossible but it exists. In the film Kawa in his 40s? can take it no more and comes out--the movie is about this and the cultural specific hell it causes. I wonder how much of this "Maori" homophobia arrived with the Christian missionaries most of it I would wager. That and imported Victorian social norms of the time.

Anyway this movie is very realistic if full of PCisms and Calvin Tutueao is a very sympathetic handsome and believable character..He is a very easy character to like.

Decent watch.

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