Mataku

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Mataku

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Take a trip into the unique and mystical world of supernatural tales... The third series of Mataku is a continuation of the previous series of contemporary tales of the unexpected and unexplained, set in New Zealand. Ordinary characters encounter mysterious phenomena of Maori mythology. Each new programme is introduced by internationally-recognised television and film actor, Temuera Morrison (Once Were Warriors and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?) "Mataku is a series of entirely Maori stories," says director Carey Carter. "For many viewers it was the first time that they have experienced such tales. Mataku offers a unique insight into parts of New Zealand's identity and culture that have been unexplored in television to date." TV3 Broadcast History Seasons 1 & 2 October 2002 - December 2002 -- Thursdays, 9:30 PM TV One Broadcast History Season 3 February 2005 - ??? -- Wednesdays, 9.40 PM Awards Winner: New York Festivals 2004 Television Programming Award 2003 AFTA New Zealand Television Awards: Best Director- Drama Best Production Design Best Editing- Drama Best Contribution to a Soundtrack Winner: Cinema Award for Photography for The Rocks, 2002 NAFATA Film Fest, USA

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  • Under appreciated due to lack of understanding of the unique Kiwi and Maori cultures.

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    Mataku makes a lot more sense to you if you\'ve ever spent time in New Zealand. I think American audiences will have a hard time relating to this show since its tied so closely to the Maori and Kiwi culture. The slang, symbolism and sometimes even the Kiwi accent might cause you problems. However its well worth watching.



    I enjoyed the series for several reasons. The best and the brightest of the country\'s acting community can be spotted in many of the episodes. If you were ever a Hercules or Xena fan I guarantee you will recognize at least one person in every episode. It will also give you a chance to see them perform much \"meatier\" roles.



    The scenery is also spectacular! That country is so beautiful.



    Unfortunately I dont believe people who have never spent time in New Zealand or been exposed to its culture will be able to appreciate this series in the fullest sense.moreless

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