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In the presence of Her Excellency Lady Alice Fergusson, a party from Government House, and quite a number of~ Parliamentary peoplo, the first screening of "Tho Romance of Hinemoa" was given at the Artcraft Theatre on Monday morning. It is acted entirely by Maoris, and Is based on the unfailingly romantic story of Hincmoa and her lover Tutanckal. Tutanekai, sent out by his father, Whakane, chief of the Ngatl tribe, to find fresh pastures for his people, calls with friendly greetings at the pa of Umukaral, chief of the Arawas. Ho at onco falls in love with Hinemoa, but a jealous warrior, Tai, falsely accuses him of stealing kumeras from his host, and ho is put through the ordeal of the Four Elements, from which he Is more than lucky to escape. Years pass, and Tutanekai's people are settled on Mokola Island In Lake Hotorua. From the mainland, Hinemoa, true to her lover, listens to the sweet flute music wafter across the lake. It is TutanekaU But her plans to go to him aro overheard, and all tho canoe 3 guarded. It is then she decides to carry out her long and legendary swim from mainland to island. It Is accomplished, but her father follows in warlike mood. Then Tal's previous offence is mado known to him; bygones aro bygones, and the two tribes are as happily united as the lovers. Thero Is a.great deal to commend tho picture. No detail which might Improve tho Native settings has beetf neglected, and tho scenes of fcastlngs and hakas could not easily be surpassed. Then tho Maori actors, several of which are direct descendants of tho original characters, have entered into tho spirit of tho romance as only Maoris could. Neither would it be condemnatory to say that tho picturo is educative. Thero Is much in it which the pakeha is not likely to know, and if shown abroad should attract even more attention than" In New Zealand. Tho photography Is by Gustav Pauli, and tho film Is distributed in New Zoaland by Exhibitors' Alliance Films (X.Z ) Ltd. Wellington peoplo may expect "Hlucmoa's Komance" at the Paramount shortly.

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"THE ROMANCE OF HINEMOA.", Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 58, 6 September 1927

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"THE ROMANCE OF HINEMOA." Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 58, 6 September 1927