Muru is New Zealand's Academy Awards contender!

Posted Wednesday 05 Oct 2022

Muru is New Zealand's Academy Awards contender!

A big congratulations to the team of the action drama Muru, which includes WIFT members producer Selina Joe and line producer Liz DiFiore. Written and directed by Tearepa Kahi, Muru has been selected as New Zealand’s contender for the 2023 Academy Awards Best International Feature Film category. 

Inspired by actual events, Muru tells the story of a local Police Sergeant ‘Taffy’ Tāwharau (Cliff Curtis), who must choose between duty to his badge or his people, when the Government invoke anti-terrorism powers to launch an armed raid on Taffy’s remote Urewera community, on a school day. 

Muru was the opening night film at the 2022: Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival and was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival – Contemporary World Cinema programme, and the Busan International Film Festival – Flash Forward competition which is this month. It will be released in Australian cinemas on October 13.

Click here to watch the trailer