An apparently happy family man must reveal a lifelong secret - that he is gay.


Katie Wolfe


Witi Ihimaera (based on the novel by), Witi Ihimaera (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Miriama-Jane Devantier ... Miranda
Robert van Mackelenberg ... Jack
Geoffrey Snell Geoffrey Snell ... Walter
Patara Berryman Patara Berryman ... Pita
Inia Maxwell Inia Maxwell ... Tipene
Niwa Milroy Niwa Milroy ... Puti
Bridget Pyc Bridget Pyc ... Emily
Margaret-Mary Hollins Margaret-Mary Hollins ... Denise
Jarod Rawiri ... Wayne


In this intimate drama, Kawariki must become the leader of the family after his father retires. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes. Written by Websurfer

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A Coming Out Drama See more »


Drama | Romance


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The film was made and first released in about five years after its source novel 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' by Witi Ihimaera was first published in 1995. See more »


Grace: Now, you listen to me. Leaving is easy. Making it work, sticking around for the long haul - that's the hard work. Leaving is for cowards.
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He Puru Taitama
Written by Kingi Tahiwi
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The main character makes this movie
8 June 2013 | by peru1-595-630106See all my reviews

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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English | Maori

Release Date:

17 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


NZD1,600,000 (estimated)
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Cinco Cine, Conbrio See more »
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