The Waimate Conspiracy

The Waimate Conspiracy

The Waimate Conspiracy
Originally screened at the NZ Film Festival 2006. "This good humoured, deeply fanciful mock documentary about a land claim has a distinctively Cantabrian flavour. The 2005 discovery of a cannonball buried for 138 years in a paddock throws Waimate into turmoil. It’s all some locals need to confirm their long-held belief that local Maori were forcibly removed from their tribal lands in a bloody battle in the winter of 1866. The town is divided as a hotly contested claim eventually ends up in the District Court. Cameraman Dave is embedded with George Kepa (Jim Moriarty) and his whanau – for whom the concept of ‘behind closed doors’ does not seem to exist: we’re privy to their every desperate strategy. This ‘vérité’ footage is intercut with candid interviews with townspeople, including the farmer at the centre of the dispute and with the crucial courtroom drama. Mark Hadlow and David McPhail provide expert caricatures of the white man’s law." [NZFF]
Best Digital Feature at the NZ Film Awards 2007.
2007Rating: M, contains low level offensive language111 minsNew Zealand
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Reviews & comments

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Very entertaining, often hilarious no-budget mock documentary about a fictional land rights claim...

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Waimate is a solid if slightly unsteady mix of race relations, courtroom-set drama and slow burning satire that occasionally bursts into spectacular life...

3.0
0

Fantastic, very entertaining.

I very much enjoyed this film, it was funny and interesting and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Also very inspirational to see a great film made with local talent and a low budget. Congrats to Stefen Lewis and everybody who worked on the film.

4.0
0

Great Movie

An awesome movie that showed a lot of Waimate and my old house, where the car museum is. Thought it was very funny and is definitely recommended viewing. Just goes to show, you don't need a big budget to make a great movie.

4.0
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I was in the movie!

I am 11 years old and I was in this movie when I was 8 years old. It is a fun New Zealand comedy about a hotly contested land claim. It is relevent for all New Zealand adults and children. It has won awards in NZ and overseas. The real newspapers and Radio New Zealand rated the film very highly. What is your problem Bob? AND WHO ARE YOU?

5.0
0

Review

Had the misfortune to see this one in the Christchurch leg of the International Film Festival last year. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Oh deary deary me. I feel sorry for Waimate. But not as sorry as I do for anyone who sees this.

1.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Very entertaining, often hilarious no-budget mock documentary about a fictional land rights claim...

4.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Waimate is a solid if slightly unsteady mix of race relations, courtroom-set drama and slow burning satire that occasionally bursts into spectacular life...

3.0
0

Fantastic, very entertaining.

I very much enjoyed this film, it was funny and interesting and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Also very inspirational to see a great film made with local talent and a low budget. Congrats to Stefen Lewis and everybody who worked on the film.

4.0
0

Great Movie

An awesome movie that showed a lot of Waimate and my old house, where the car museum is. Thought it was very funny and is definitely recommended viewing. Just goes to show, you don't need a big budget to make a great movie.

4.0
0

I was in the movie!

I am 11 years old and I was in this movie when I was 8 years old. It is a fun New Zealand comedy about a hotly contested land claim. It is relevent for all New Zealand adults and children. It has won awards in NZ and overseas. The real newspapers and Radio New Zealand rated the film very highly. What is your problem Bob? AND WHO ARE YOU?

5.0
0

Review

Had the misfortune to see this one in the Christchurch leg of the International Film Festival last year. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Oh deary deary me. I feel sorry for Waimate. But not as sorry as I do for anyone who sees this.

1.0
0