Feature Films

What We Do in the Shadows (2013)

… Viago

More about What We Do in the Shadows -> The Director.

Coffee Town (2013)

…teacher at a cosmetology school

Director and Writer: Brad Copeland
Cast: Glenn Howerton, Josh Groban, Ben Schwartz, Adrianne Palicki and Steve Little


A website manager enlists the help of his two friends in order to convince the owners of his favorite coffee shop – which doubles as his office – not to turn their business into a bar.


> http://coffeetown.com/
> Coffee Town on Facebook

Green Lantern (2011)

… Thomas Kalmaku

Director: Martin Campbell
Writers: Greg Berlanti, Michael Goldenberg, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett, Jay O. Sanders


A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.



> http://greenlanternmovie.warnerbros.com/
> Green Lantern on Facebook
> Green Lantern on IMDb
> Green with envy, August 25, 2010
> On the Red Carpet for “Green Lantern” on Cambio

News and blog updates on Green Lantern

BOY (2010)

… Alamein Ranginui

More about BOY -> The Director.

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

… Gordon

-> The Director

Futile Attraction (2004)

… Waiter as Taika Cohen

Director: Mark Prebble
Writers: Mark Prebble, Benedict Reid
Cast: Michelle Ang, Christopher Brougham and Alistair Browning


A film crew are making a Reality TV show about a couple brought together by a dating agency. However, the couple are so incompatible that the crew must manipulate the relationship to get the footage they need.

Trailer (don’t blink or you miss him! about 1:10)

> Futile Attraction on IMDb

Tongan Ninja (2002)

… Dancing Cook as Taika Cohen

Director: Jason Stutter
Writers: Jemaine Clement, Jason Stutter
Cast: Sam Manu, Jemaine Clement and Linda Tseng


A young child is stranded in Tonga when his plane crashes and his father is eaten by a fish. He trains in a dojo till he becomes the Tongan Ninja. The Tongan Ninja is dispatched to the island nation of New Zealand in order to help a brother of his master with his floundering Chinese restaurant. But the mysterious Mister Big stands in the eatery’s way as he sends numerous villains such as Knife Man, Gun Man, and finally Action Fighter who may know a lot about the hero.


“Food for Thought” clip

Outtakes – Taika in the background

> Tongan Ninja on NZOnScreen
> Tongan Ninja on IMDb

Snakeskin (2001)

… Nelson as Taika Cohen

Director and Writer: Gillian Ashurst
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Boyd Kestner and Dean O’Gorman


For her first feature, writer/director Gillian Ashurst wanted a big wide road movie; big skies; big long roads. Cruising the Canterbury landscapes are small-town dreamers Alice (Heavenly Creature Melanie Lynskey) and Johnny (Dean O’Gorman). But the duo’s adventures go awry after encountering a charming American cowboy. Reviews were generally upbeat: praising the talented cast, plus Ashurst’s ability to mix moods and genres. Snakeskin won five awards at the 2001 NZ Film and TV Awards, including best film and cinematography.

> Trailer on nzonscreen.com
> Snakeskin on IMDb
> Second Sight: A road with too few drivers

Scarfies / Crime 101 (1999)

… Alex as Taika Cohen

Director: Robert Sarkies
Writers: Duncan Sarkies, Robert Sarkies
Cast: Willa O’Neill, Neill Rea, Ashleigh Seagar, Taika Cohen and Charlie Bleakley


Five Dunedin students find themselves in a free squat, and a dark place, after taking a criminal captive in their basement. The debut feature from Dunedin talent Robert Sarkies starts as a comic tribute to Otago student days, then turns into a psychological thriller. Outside of the two Once Were Warriors movies, Scarfies was the most successful Kiwi release of the nineties on its home turf. It went on to scoop the best film, director and screenplay awards at the 2000 NZ Film and TV Awards.


> Trailer and clips on nzonscreen.com
> Scarfies on IMDb
> Scarfies in NZ Film Commission’s film catalogue
> Classic Film Review: Scarfies (1999) by Max Segal, November 23, 2007