Hek Busby and Jacinda Arden in Whetū Mārama  – Bright Star
Whetū Mārama – Bright Star (2021)

Presented by BIRRARANGGA Film Festival

Whetū Mārama – Bright Star

Australian Premiere

Toby Mills, Aileen O'Sullivan | New Zealand | 2021 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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Fri 24 Mar 2023

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Piki mai te papai Taku waka! Come up on to the deck of my canoe! The story of Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi, Hek Busby.

We once built waka/canoes from giant trees and sailed the vast Pacific by the stars. These arts were lost to us for 600 years. Then the stars re-aligned and three men from far flung islands met by chance to revive our place as the greatest navigators on the planet, a Hawaiian, a Micronesian and Hek Busby, “The Chief” from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Runtime: 102 min

Pre-screening short film: E Lele Le Toloa (2021)

E Lele Le Toloa is a visual Talanoa and exploration of faasinomaga (identity). At the centre is Tui Meki, a son of the Pacific, on a journey of self-discovery and finding his grounding in spaces that he moves through. We follow Meki, as he recounts the experiences that have helped shape and reveal to himself who he is as an individual.

Directed by Selu-Kian Faletoese | Country: New Zealand | 8 minutes

Event duration

102 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


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