Utu Pihikete (2014)

| Short, Drama, History
Through a young orphan girl, a dispassionate and parochial couple learn the true meaning of family and belonging. Written by award winning international writer April Phillips, 'Utu Pihikete... See full summary »

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Craig Hutchison

Writer:

April Phillips
3 wins. See more awards »

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Ralph Johnson ... Reverend Johnson
Victoria-Rose Manu Victoria-Rose Manu ... Atawhai
April Phillips ... Beth
Steven Ray Steven Ray ... Tom
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Through a young orphan girl, a dispassionate and parochial couple learn the true meaning of family and belonging. Written by award winning international writer April Phillips, 'Utu Pihikete' was a derogatory Maori expression for half caste children meaning 'paid for in biscuits'. Colonial New Zealand, 1841. Penniless Beth answers the advert of stoic Tom Brown, who seeks a wife. Beth's arrival is met with hostility and fear by Tom's young Maori servant girl, Atawhai. While Tom is away, Beth nurtures a friendship with the child. A familial bond develops that will challenge the prejudices and decorum of a pioneer society. But Beth's compassion and good intentions expose a shame and scandal so great they become the catalyst for an appalling tragedy. Written by Anonymous

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New Zealand

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English

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