June 16th, 2012

andrew potter

Kawa (2010) directed by Katie Wolfe

An apparently happy family man who must reveal a lifelong secret, that he is gay.

Director: Katie Wolfe

Writers: Witi Ihimaera (based on the novel by), Witi Ihimaera (story), and 1 more credit »

Stars: Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Boltt and George Henare

Genres: Drama

Storyline: Based on a novel by the creator of The Whale Rider A critically-acclaimed psychological drama depicting a family in crisis, Kawa tells the story of a successful businessman in New Zealand, as he is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay. Adapted from the Witi Ihimaera novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain by writer/director Katie Wolfe, Kawa stars Calvin Tuteao (Once Were Warriors), Nathalie Bolt (District 9), George Henare (Once Were Warriors), Vicki Haughton (Whale Rider) and Dean O Gorman (McLeod s Daughters). It is tradition that Kawariki (Calvin Tuteao) become the leader of the family now that his father is retiring. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes.

@Wolfe on Demand: http://muvi.es/w1745/36489
@Amazon: Kawa (2012)

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Cast (in credits order)
Calvin Tuteao ... Kawariki
Nathalie Boltt ... Annabelle
George Henare ... Hamiora
Vicky Haughton ... Grace
Dean O'Gorman ... Chris
Pana Hema Taylor ... Sebastian (as Pana Hema-Taylor)
Miriama-Jane Devantier ... Miranda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patara Berryman ... Pita
Stephen Butterworth ... Spaniard
Noa Campbell ... Kura Mum
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Kawa and Chris

andrew potter

Kisser: A Masculine Femininity by Mykola Dementiuk

A novella about 19 years old Richard searching his path in life in 1970s New York City; Richard has no a lot of chances in front of him, with only an high school diploma, and no experience, he is basically wandering the streets searching for nothing. But something he finds, a man, Ralphie.

Ralphie is way more experienced than Richard, and he is able to recognize the hunger in Richard’s eyes and body. And he is ready to catch it. But Ralphie is a player, a good kisser, but not what sweet Richard needs. Richard is like a blossom ready to open, and he needs care and love, something that Ralphie doesn’t care to share. But there is another man, old Mr. James, that maybe is the right man for the task.

Everyone sees in Mr. James an old man, no danger but neither no thrill. For most of the men wandering the East River Park, Mr. James is invisible. Despite Richard’s young age, he is a gentle soul, and he is able to see beyond the appearance, Mr. James is the one who will be able to kiss this sleepy princess into a queen (pun intended).

Very nice, and almost sweet story, something unexpected considering Mykola Dementiuk’s past works.


Amazon Kindle: Kisser: A Masculine Femininity
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (March 25, 2012)

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