Whale Rider


1h 44m 2003

Brief Synopsis

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs have always been the first-born and

Film Details

Also Known As
Paï
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Apollomedia Filmmanagement Gmbh; Arri Group; Film und Medienstiftung NRW; Pandora Film Produktion; South Pacific Pictures
Distribution Company
Newmarket Films; Arthaus (Norway); Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Bim Distribuzione; Cinema Mondo; Filmladen Gmbh; Golden Village; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Imagem Filmes; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Newmarket Films; Pandora Film Produktion; RCV Distribution; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Ufd; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
New Zealand

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Synopsis

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs have always been the first-born and male. Many generations later, the contemporary tale revolves around a young mother whose male newborn twin dies in childbirth. Her young husband flees New Zealand in grief, leaving grandparents Koro and Nanny Flowers to raise the sole survivor, a feisty little girl named Pai, who radiates with life and energy. It's no wonder that her grandmother and the entire community love her, but alas, the grandfather she worships is too busy mourning the loss of the baby boy he expected would lead the tribe to better days.

Crew

Phil Addenbrook

Physical Effects

Phil Addenbrook

Marine Engineer

Armie Armstrong

Camera Operator (Underwater Unit)

Christina Asher

Additional Casting

John Barnett

Producer

Dan Blanchard

Whale Construction

Simon Bowley

Music Mixer

Reinhard Brundig

Co-Producer

Justin Buckingham

Whale Construction

Chris Burt

Adr Supervisor

Kirsty Cameron

Costume Designer

Sally Campbell

Head Of Production (South Pacific)

Niki Caro

Screenplay (Adaptation)

Dean Clark

Marine Engineer

Dean Clark

Physical Effects

Stephan Colli

Atmos Design

Stephan Colli

Sound Supervisor

David Coulson

Editor

Barry Down

Whale Construction

Rhys Duncan

Steadicam Operator

Kerry Dunn

Scenic Artist

Steve Dyson

Whale Construction

Ricky Edwards

Technical Music Support

Laura Fong

Production Coordinator

Bill Gavin

Executive Producer

Oliver Gee

Physical Effects

Oliver Gee

Marine Engineer

Lisa Gerrard

Music

Linda Goldstein-knowlton

Executive Producer

Chris Gough

Music Supervisor (Mana Music)

Reinhild Graber

Supervising Producer (Apollomedia)

Brett Graham

Porourangi'S Sculpture

Moira Grant

Production Coordinator

Terry Green

Whale Construction

Anna Gundesen

Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Carol Haapu

Iwi Consultant

Mark Harris

Stunt Coordinator

Karen Hawkyard

Animal Wrangler

Willy Heatley

Boat Coordinator

Frank Hubner

Producer

Witi Ihimaera

Associate Producer

Witi Ihimaera

Source Material (From Novel:"The Whale Rider")

Neil James

Assistant Director

Camelija Karlic

Production Coordinator (Pandora Film)

Jason Michael Knox-johnston

Animatronics

Torus Koln

Foley Recordist

Stefan Korte

Rerecording Mixer

Denise Kum

Hair Supervisor

Denise Kum

Makeup Supervisor

Rudolf Kurz

Supervising Producer (Apollomedia)

John Lott

Whale Construction

Steve Lowe

Whale Construction

Dave Madigan

Sound Recordist

Grant Major

Production Designer

Maka Makatoa

Storyboard Artist

Bernard Makoare

Reiputa Designer

Charlie Mcclellan

Digital Effects Consultant

Janet Mciver

Production Manager

Pat Merrifield

Swimming Coach

Guy Moana

Maori Design/Carvings

Peter Moerenhout

Unit Manager

Grace Mok

Art Director

James Mok

Titles Design

Leon Narbey

Director Of Photography

Sven Neumann

Dialogue Editor

Greg Nichols

Whale Construction

Johnny Poi

Taiaha Instructor

Podge Preston

Location Manager

Mirko Reinhard

Sound Design

Mirko Reinhard

Sound Effects

Luigi Rensinghoff

Dialogue Editor

Kevin Riley

Camera Operator (2nd Unit), Camera Operator (Visual Effects Unit)

Diana Rowan

Casting

Tim Sanders

Producer

Robert Sarkies

Script Editor

Joan Scheckel

Script Consultant

Wilmont Schulze

Foley Editor

Michelle Sowman

Assistant Director

Sigmund Spath

Underwater Photography

Josef Steinbuchel

Sound Design

Josef Steinbuchel

Sound Effects

Gavin Strawhan

Script Consultant

Karen Sydney

Additional Casting

Liz Tan

Assistant Director

Hone Taumaunu

Iwi Consultant

Dean Taylor

Whale Construction

Nick Theobald

Song Performer ("Just Passing Through")

Kathleen Thomas

Continuity

Mike Turner

Unit Manager (2nd Unit)

Stuart Turner

Additional Casting

Jacek Tushewski

Technical Music Support

Anne Urban

Post-Production Supervisor

Markus Wimmer

Sound Design

Markus Wimmer

Sound Effects

Steve Young

Animatronics

Andre Zimmermann

Atmos Design

Film Details

Also Known As
Paï
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2003
Production Company
Apollomedia Filmmanagement Gmbh; Arri Group; Film und Medienstiftung NRW; Pandora Film Produktion; South Pacific Pictures
Distribution Company
Newmarket Films; Arthaus (Norway); Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Bim Distribuzione; Cinema Mondo; Filmladen Gmbh; Golden Village; Icon; Icon Uk Group; Imagem Filmes; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Newmarket Films; Pandora Film Produktion; RCV Distribution; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Ster-Kinekor; Ufd; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
New Zealand

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

2003

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 2004 Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) award for Best Supporting Actress (Keisha Castle-Hughes).

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film (World Cinema Competition) at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States January 2003

Released in United States May 2003

Released in United States on Video October 28, 2003

Released in United States Summer June 6, 2003

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Showcase) May 3-11, 2003.

Newmarket acquired distribution rights at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States January 2003 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) January 16-26, 2003.)

Released in United States May 2003 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (Showcase) May 3-11, 2003.)

Released in United States Summer June 6, 2003

Released in United States on Video October 28, 2003