Patricia Grace one of the most celebrated and prominent Māori authors has had her book ‘Cousins’ adapted into a new kiwi film featuring Ana Scotney, Rachel House and Briar Grace-Smith. It is a story about three cousins spending a lifetime in search of one another which is set over six decades.
“Cousins is a story about strength and resilience, touching on epic events in the history of Aotearoa such as the deployment of the 28th Māori Battalion to Europe, the 1975 Land March to Parliament and the Foreshore and Seabed Hikoi of 2004. However, at its heart it is an intimate story, about the theft of a child and her family's lifelong quest to bring her back home to her people.” Co-director and star Briar Grace-Smith says.
However, at its heart, it is an intimate story, about the theft of a child and her family's lifelong quest to bring her back home to her people.
‘Cousins’ concept was in development for over sixteen years and was the vision of late filmmaker Merata Mita, the first maori woman to write and direct a feature film. "From our real stories and experiences to Patricia's book, to the attempts by our mentors to get it made, Cousins has been a long time in the making.”
"To be able to make it with whānau, hapu and iwi alongside our fantastic crew made it all the more special."
Patricia Grace’s novel will also be re-released in March in time for people to read the novel before the film's release.
Watch the trailer above.