Wanted: Maori-speaking actor for German mini series   2 May 2006

A German mini series aiming to bring the Maori culture closer to their German viewers is about to go into production and they’re still on the lookout for a young Maori actor to play one of the pivotal roles.

The story concerns a German manageress, Hannah, who travels with her two daughters, Antonia and Mara, to a New Zealand sheep farm to pick up her eldest daughter Judith, who has been working there for a year.

When she arrives, Hannah is astonished to hear that Judith wants to stay in New Zealand and marry the farmer’s eldest son.

The farm is on land that the farmer brought from the Government and returned to Maori and members of the tribe work and live on the farm. Which brings us to Steve, the son of the tribe’s chief, and the part for which the casting agency is looking to fill.

Steve becomes the love interest of Mara who is fascinated by the elements of Maori dance, including the haka, which he performs. He teaches her about the Maori myths and culture.

Drina (to be played by a South African), Steve’s sister, disapproves of him being with a pakeha and showing her Maori customs, however Steve defends his love and conduct.

When Judith dies in a car crash, Steve sings a death song for Judith at the burial and begins teaching Mara Maori so she can join him.

On her return to Germany she integrates elements of Maori dance into her classical routines, which are rejected by her tutors and she returns to New Zealand.

While the film is an unashamed romantic drama, full of emotion and tension it also uses a German girl’s encounter with Maori culture to depict loneliness, family and longing for another life.

Steve: 20 to 26 years old, film experience, good-looking, must speak fluent Maori, understand Maori culture and be able to dance the Haka. Involves 12 shooting days.

For more information contact Tree Petts Casting, tel: 020 8458 8898, mob: 07966 283 252.

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