Crooked Earth

Crooked Earth - 2001

Communicado Productions - 106 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 9315842019518 (AU); 9415600101025 (NZ)

Cast: Temuera Morrison, Jaime Passier-Armstrong, Lawrence Makoare, Quinton Hita, Nancy Brunning, Sydney Jackson.
Screenplay: Greg McGee, Waihoroi Shortland; Cinematography: David Gribble; Music: James Hall; Editor: Chris Plummer; Production Design: Kai Hawkins; Producers: Robin Scholes, Peter Beilby, Henri Dorlet, Ernst Goldschmidt ; Director: Sam Pillsbury.

Captain Will Bastion , after a forced resignation from the Army, returns to Ruakura, for the first time in 18 years, to bury his father, the tribal chief whose mantle Will inherits. However Will is reluctant to fulfill the tradition and his younger brother, Kahu, is quite willing to seize the opportunity. To further complicate matters, Will's estranged 17-year-old daughter, Ripeka, has also arrived for the funeral. Unfortunately the film shows the result of too many writers (two primary, plus three secondary) in an unclear progression of events. Filmed primarily around the Coromandal penninsula, it is an attractive project with an excellent soundtrack. Worth a view.

Censor Rating: R13 - Review Rating: B-

Crooked Earth Trailer
Official MP4 Trailer


There are two R4 PAL DVDs available, one from New Zealand and one from Austalia. Although the original theatrical format was 1.85:1, the DVD is presented 1.83:1, 9x16 enhanced, with a 2.0 dolby digital soundtrack in English only. There are no subtitles on either release. The Australian version has a menu with extras of major cast and crew biographies, a 20 min. interview with author Tessa Duder and two unrelated trailers. As of January 2017, it would appear that it is OOP. It would appear that your best bet would be ebay, but be sure to check the worldwide option. R2 DVDs were available for about 20Eur or 15#. This is a 1.66:1 format with 2.0 Dolby Digital sound, although the R2 ones state the sound is 5.1. There are no extras.

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New Zealand Film Archive Info and Reviews

Lael Loewenstein Review

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Reviews at


Listener, 180no.3197(Aug.18 2001)
Metro, 243(Sept.2001)
Sunday star-times, Aug.26 2001
Waikato times, Aug.28, 2001


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NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

Sam Pillsbury - Quiet and Crooked Earth Andrew Whiteside Video Interview

Funeral Scene at YouTube (4 minutes)

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