NZ On Screen has launched a Temuera Morrison collection, tracing the actor’s journey from Rotorua teen to Hollywood, to mark his starring role in new film Mahana.
Featured are Morrison’s TV debut as an 11-year-old in Rangi’s Catch, a turn as a flashy real estate man in 80s drama Seekers, and his legendary introduction in the first episode of Shortland Street (ensuring pop culture immortality thanks to a line he didn’t even get to say: “you’re not in Guatemala now, Doctor Ropata”).
Morrison talks about his connection to the Star Wars movies, and there’s a strong selection of his New Zealand film work, including his big screen break in Never Say Die, and starring roles in River Queen, Crooked Earth and Tracker.
And of course, who could forget his extraordinary performances as Jake the Muss, commanding the screen in Once Were Warriors and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.
Morrison’s latest film Mahana circles back to Once Were Warriors, reuniting him with director Lee Tamahori once again. The new role, as another larger-than-life patriarch, has won him positive early reviews. The film debuted at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival on the weekend, and will have its New Zealand premiere on Monday, before its theatrical release on March 3.