Mataku

Season 2 Episode 2

The Lost Tribe: Nga Iwi Ngaro

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Nov 14, 2002 on TVNZ
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The Lost Tribe: Nga Iwi Ngaro
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"The Lost Tribe/Iwi Ngaro" tells the story of a group of modern-day soldiers who are sent on a mission deep in the heart of the forest. Along the way, they come across grisly evidence that another unit of soldiers, who were meant to be in the area, have met a violent end.

Moving further into the bush to hunt for their fellow soldiers they come across a mysterious warrior who they follow. Amazingly the warrior reveals to them a hidden unearthly world through a rock face and a fearsome tribe that was rumoured to have disappeared in the area hundreds of years ago.

Right before their eyes, the soldiers witness a frightening event involving the mysterious lost tribe that will change their lives forever...moreless

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    Ross Duncan

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      • In 2003, Peter Burger was nominated for "Best Director" for this episode at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards, and won.

      • "The Lost Tribe/Iwi Ngaro" is a boys' own story that director Peter Burger knew he wanted to film as soon as he saw the script.

        "'The Lost Tribe' was my first choice and I was really lucky to get it. I immediately loved the 'boysiness' of it, the celebration of masculine heroics," he says. "We don't see the whole gung-ho action thing in New Zealand movies. For a start, it is too expensive. And we rarely see straight out heroics. New Zealand heroes tend to be loners, sad and self-deprecating. This story gave me a hero who was masculine and cool and likeable."

        Actor Calvin Tuteao was also excited about the opportunity to participate in the Mataku story.

        "It was great fun to run around in the bush with a big gun and acting the hero," he says. "It was like being kids again, playing cowboys and Indians, only this time with real guns - and I had the best gun, one with a laser scope on it! It gave us all the opportunity to act those action scenes that men always dream of doing."

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