The Strength of Water

Have you seen The Strength of Water from 2009 yet? Taika Waititi was one of the script consultants for this movie. Worth taking a look.

Directed by Armagan Ballantyne
Written by Briar Grace-Smith
Starring Nancy Brunning, Hato Paparoa, Pare Paseka, Melanie Mayall-Nahi, Isaac Barber, Jim Moriarty, Shayne Biddle


When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated costal town, ten-year-old twins Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most.

Kimi and Melody live happily in an isolated Maori community until an enigmatic stranger, Tai, arrives, precipitating an accident which forces the twins apart. While others punish Tai, Kimi acts out his heartbreaking loneliness in destructive, angry ways, while looking after the Melody that only he can see. His family is concerned for him, but only Kimi’s belief in his sister can save him.

About the film:

The Strength of Water was filmed in the haunting landscapes of the Hokianga in the far north of New Zealand, around the settlements of Panguru, Mitimiti and Pawarenga; and at West Auckland’s Bethell’s Beach and Anawhata. It is the debut feature from award-winning New Zealand director Armagan Ballantyne, whose five short films have screened at festivals around the world including Venice, New York and Telluride in the US. It was written by acclaimed award-winning New Zealand playwright Briar Grace-Smith and workshopped with Ballantyne at the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs in Utah in 2006. The film was also developed at the Binger Institute in Amsterdam. This is Grace-Smith’s first feature film script.

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