Coverart for item
The Resource Whale rider, South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro

Whale rider, South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro

Label
Whale rider
Title
Whale rider
Statement of responsibility
South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro
Title variation
  • Whale rider [widescreen (DVD)]
  • Whalerider [widescreen (DVD)]
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
The Whangara people, a small Maori tribe, believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents. Learning the skills of chiefdom from her uncle, Pai shows that she possess a natural leadership ability
Awards note
  • Recepient of the 2003 Humanitas Prize in the Sundance Feature Film category -- cited for its "heartrending dramitization of the courage neccessary to defy the unjust structures of a patriarchal society."
  • San Francisco International Film Festival, 2003: Audience Award Best - Narrative Feature (Niki Caro).
  • Winner of a 2004 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film (New Zealand).
Cataloging source
mnrs
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director of photography, Leon Narbey ; editor, David Coulson ; music, Lisa Gerrard ; costume designer, Kirsty Cameron ; production designer, Grant Major
Intended audience
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief language and a momentary drug reference
Language note
  • Closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired
  • Dialogue in English with optional subtitles in English or Spanish
PerformerNote
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House
Runtime
101
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
Whale rider, South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2002
  • Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Special ed. ; Widescreen version aspect ratio 2.35:1.
Extent
1 videodisc (101 min.)
Isbn
9781404943728
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
043396022720
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
02272
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
ocm52959575
System details
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Whale rider, South Pacific Pictures, Apollomedia, Pandora Film present in association The New Zealand Film Production Fund, The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and sponsored by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH ; producers, Tim Sanders, John Barnett, Frank Hübner ; written & directed by Niki Caro
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the book by Witi Ihimaera
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2002
  • Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette; filmmaker's commentary; deleted scenes with optional director commentary; soundtrack showcase
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Special ed. ; Widescreen version aspect ratio 2.35:1.
Extent
1 videodisc (101 min.)
Isbn
9781404943728
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
043396022720
Other physical details
sound, color
Publisher number
02272
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
ocm52959575
System details
DVD, Region 1 encoding, Dolby digital
Video recording format
DVD

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