WHALE RIDER
WHALE RIDER


SYNOPSIS
In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation for over 1000 years, a male heir born to the Chief succeeds to the title. The time is now. The Chief's eldest son, Porourangi, fathers twins - a boy and a girl. But the boy and his mother die in childbirth. The surviving girl is named Pai... A contemporary story of love and rejection as a young girl fights to fulfil her destiny.

DIRECTORNiki Caro
YEAR2002
STATUScompleted
FESTIVALS AWARDS2002 Toronto Intl Film Festival: AGF People?s Choice Award - 2003 Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Audience Award - 2003 Rotterdam Intl Film Festival: Canal + Audience Award - 2003 San Francisco Intl Film Festival: Virginmega Audience Award
PRODUCERSTim Sanders
John Barnett
Frank Hubner (Producers)
Witi Ihimaera (Associate Producer)
Reinhard Brundig (Co-Producer)
Bill Gavin
Linda Goldstein Knowlton (Executive Producers)
CO PRODUCTION WITHSouth Pacific Pictures
Apollomedia
Pandora Film in Association with The New Zealand Film Production Fund
The New Zealand Film Commission
NZ On Air
PRODUCTIONJanet McIver (Production Manager)
Liz Tan (First Assistant Director)
SUPPORTED BYFilmstiftung NRW
WORLD SALESThe Works, London
GERMAN DISTRIBUTORPandora Film Verleih
LENGTH101 min
FORMATcolour
cinemascope
Dolby SRD
SHOOTING LOCATIONNew Zealand
Whangara
ORIGINAL LANGUAGEEnglish
CASTKeisha Castle-Hughes
Rawiri Paratene
Vicky Haughton
Cliff Curtis
WRITERSNiki Caro
based on the book "The Whale Rider" by Witi Ihimaera
CASTINGDiana Rowan
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHYLeon Narbey
EDITINGDavid Coulson
MUSICLisa Gerrard
SOUNDDavid Madigan (Sound Recordist)
ART DIRECTIONGrant Major (Production Designer)
Grace Mok (Art Director)
COSTUMESKirsty Cameron
MAKE UP HAIRDenise Kum (Makeup/Hair Supervisor)
LINKSwww.whaleriderthemovie.com; www.spp.co.nz; www.whalerider.de