A dark side near youBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6983.879 (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:879
- Charles Essex
Once Were Warriors has overtaken Jurassic Park as the highest earning film ever in New Zealand. Why has a film that paints a dismal picture of some people's existence in the 1990s, of a bleak urban landscape of children and dogs roaming the streets and rusting cars on waste lots, been sold to over 20 countries and won awards in Montreal and praise at other major film festivals?
Jake and Beth Heke are a Maori couple living in South Auckland, New Zealand, with few opportunities and little hope. Their story could be set in any city or town anywhere in the world—you just have to look on the wrong side of the tracks to find them. Beth is trying to hold the family together despite her five children all hating …