Mataku

Season 1 Episode 3

Going To War: Te Mura O Te Ahi

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Oct 17, 2002 on TVNZ
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Going To War: Te Mura O Te Ahi
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A young Maori soldier who considers his family's traditional beliefs to be nothing more than superstitions is forced to change his mind when his uncle talks to him- the uncle who died years ago in World War II!

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      • Muraahi is a Maori expression for a feigned retreat followed by a violent assault.

      • "Going To War" was largely filmed in the body of a restored Lancaster bomber, owned by Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology. The bomber has been meticulously restored, and is now the best example of its kind in the world. "It was an amazing experience to film there. It felt like a sacred place to the men who had restored it and to us. My dad didn't talk a lot about the war, and I'd always wondered what his experience was like. He flew a Spitfire, not a bomber, but it gave me some idea, and it reaffirmed to me his absolute valour and courage."
        "These bombers were ill-equipped, slow, impossible to manoeuvre, rattly, cold. They were basically tonnes of munitions with wings!"
        "The shoot was the hardest week's work in my life! It was very intense in the plane, like trying to shoot in the back of a small car with three guys and whole film crew. It was three times as complex as a normal shoot. And in the other scenes we had helicopters and soldiers, a party with lots of extras and loud music. It was vital to keep focusing on what is an emotional and spiritual story."

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