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Kaitangata Twitch 

It's fifty years since Shelly Gentry disappeared and 50 is one of those numbers that seem to mean something. People celebrate fifty. In pre-European New Zealand, the tiny Island of ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Te Waimarie Kessell Te Waimarie Kessell ...  Meredith Gallagher 13 episodes, 2010
George Henare ...  Lee Kaa 13 episodes, 2010
Charles Mesure ...  Carey Gallagher 13 episodes, 2010
Miriama Smith ...  Grace Gallagher 13 episodes, 2010
Kerry-Lee Dewing ...  Kate Gallagher 13 episodes, 2010
Cejay Pickett Cejay Pickett ...  Rufus Gallagher 13 episodes, 2010
Blair Strang Blair Strang ...  Sebastian Cardwell 13 episodes, 2010
James Davies ...  Nick Lawson 13 episodes, 2010
Francis Dale Francis Dale ...  Alan Ponty 13 episodes, 2010
Charles Koroneho Charles Koroneho ...  Kaitangata 13 episodes, 2010
Eliza Mackay Eliza Mackay ...  Shelly Gentry 11 episodes, 2010
Robert Gilbert Robert Gilbert ...  Eric Ponty 7 episodes, 2010
Sheryl Morris Sheryl Morris ...  Mrs. Reynolds 7 episodes, 2010
Angus Benfield ...  Tom 6 episodes, 2010


It's fifty years since Shelly Gentry disappeared and 50 is one of those numbers that seem to mean something. People celebrate fifty. In pre-European New Zealand, the tiny Island of Kaitangata was the scene of awful happenings. After that, the Island seemed to have a life of its own. It dreamt terrible dreams. The local tribe knew it was best to leave it alone. And so the Island slept again. But now Kaitangata is twitching. It's moving. It's waking up! The last time it moved was over fifty years ago. It twitched and a girl disappeared without a trace, apparently swallowed up by the Island. Now it's moving again. Dreaming again. Only 13 year old Meredith can stop it. If she can discover what it wants before it's too late. Before it claims another victim. Written by production shed

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First the twitch, then the trouble


Family | Fantasy

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Good allrounder for under 12's, Mum's and/or Dad's
30 December 2016 | by huguesptSee all my reviews

This is the second time I have seen this, spread over a couple of years. I noticed there were no reviews here (those slack Kiwi's, leave it up to us Aussies to do everything). The acting in some areas, well acting/directing is a bit lame however it is not meant to be a sophisticated thriller, it is a movie for the younger of us. I believe that it would have more impact on viewers with an islander background (apologies to all people who hate being grouped under the "islander" tag, such as the Maori, no offence intended), but let's face it,, the islander people were some of the first Ocean Travelers going further than most, something to be proud of. This again would reach those communities as local language is spoken in the film with no subtitles. I have watched many Native films, from Africa, South America and Canada, some have more punch than the others however, for all kids up to say 12, will like this story, under 6, maybe a bit scary. It's worth a recommendation with the above criteria, so not a blockbuster, but good all round acting and cinematography along with story. Would be interesting if we ever saw a beefed up Hollywood version, not saying that big is better but just a question. Enjoy this as a matinée with the young ones.

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2 May 2010 (New Zealand) See more »

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