South Pacific Pictures

White Lies
96 minute feature film

A South Pacific Pictures feature film based on a novella by Witi Ihimaera, author of The Whale Rider. White Lies is about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a Medicine Woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people - she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca's position in European settler society. If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences. So Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation.

Starring: WHIRIMAKO BLACK as Paraiti, ANTONIA PREBBLE as Rebecca Vickers & RACHEL HOUSE as Maraea

New Zealand's submission for the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category at the 2014 Academy Awards.

2014 Balinale International Film Festival
Audience Award - Best Overall Film

2014 La Costa Film Festival in California
Audience Choice award

The WIFTS Foundation Awards 2013:
- Best Director, Dana Rotberg
- The Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award, Antonia Prebble

The 2013 Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards:
- Best Production Design, Tracey Collins
- Best Make-Up, Abby Collins, Yolanda Bartram, Vee Gulliver, Andrew Beattie & Main Reactor

Massey University's Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards
- Winner of fiction category (White Lies - the book by Dana Rotberg & Witi Ihimaera)

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John Barnett and Chris Hampson

Dana Rotberg

Executive Producer(s):
Rosa Bosch

Dana Rotberg & Witi Ihimaera

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