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Kawa (2010) More at IMDbPro »Nights in the Gardens of Spain (original title)

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Kawa -- A psychological drama of a family in crisis. Kawa, a successful Maori businessman in Auckland, New Zealand, is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay.
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Witi Ihimaera (based on the novel by)
Witi Ihimaera (story)
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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

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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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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Annabelle:Sebastian's off in his room with that girl again. I'm pretty sure it's not study they're immersed in.
Kawariki:Ah, well.
Annabelle:"Boys will be boys," is that it?
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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Kawa, 14 August 2012
Author: junkielee from Cairo, Egypt

From Auckland, New Zealand, a mid-age married gay man with two children tries to come out of the closet in Aukland, who has also a Maori bloodline and supposed to carry on his traditional bearings as a male leader of the family after his father is retiring. The film is based on Witi Jhimaera's novel "NIGHT IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN", whose previous book is the Oscar- nominated WHALE RIDER (2002, an 8/10).

The film has an over saturated hue, which at first enlightens and spikes the New Zealand exotic natural outlook with a certain degree of intimacy, effectively stimulates one's tourist appetite, but as time goes by, it is an effort which sadly overstays its welcome, and the steamy and purple gay sauna scenes are both tacky and predictable. There are no twist in the plot, which could be kindly viewed as a commonplace strategy to elucidate an everyday outing process, and the actors are standardly deployed, giving probably the most expected reactions one would expect, a guilty-ridden husband, a devastated wife, a high-school boy with a consenting adult issue and a cute teenage daughter. But the film consciously evades a more inquisitive invasion into the gay counterpart area, since the love interest of our protagonist doesn't play a pivotal role in the outing and leaves the story halfway through (for another man), instead the film has put all its stamina into a " true to yourself"doctrine. The melodrama is predestined, but all is under the fine control of the female director Kate Wolfe's slightly meek faculty and this time Witi Jhimaera's novel doesn't bring any ripple like WHALE RIDER, nor is the cast could reproduce a Keisha Castle-Hughes wonder in any rate.

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