Cousins

A stirring adaptation of Patricia Grace’s novel
Vendetta Films
by
ABR Arts 21 June 2021

Cousins

A stirring adaptation of Patricia Grace’s novel
Vendetta Films
by
ABR Arts 21 June 2021
Tanea Heke as Older Mata in Cousins (Vandetta Films)
Tanea Heke as Older Mata in Cousins (Vandetta Films)

Cousins, a new release from New Zealand, has its heart in its throat, harmonising a driftless protagonist with the enduring love of her whanau (Māori for extended family).

Merata Mita, the eminent Māori filmmaker, obtained the rights to leading Māori  writer Patricia Grace’s novel Cousins (1992) but was unable to produce the film before her sudden death in 2010. Māori fiction figurehead Patricia Grace, now eighty-three, sees her novel adapted by her daughter-in-law Briar Grace-Smith (also starring as Makareta) alongside co-director Ainsley Gardiner (Mokopuna, Waru).

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