Private Project


A young father is imploding after the abduction of his child. He keeps seeing her in his visions and is trying to make sense of her playful riddles until he stumbles into the spirit of some mischievous horses.
They help him remember his true self as he becomes reconnected on his path to find his lost daughter.

  • Isaac Te Reina
    Entropy, Tamanui, Run It Straight, All Our Son's
  • Reuben Butler
    Ahikaroa, The Dead Lands, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hine Kihawai, Merchant of Venice, Hinepau, Dog and Bone
  • Jenny Gibbons
    Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
    English, Maori
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Maoriland Film Festival
    New Zealand
    March 25, 2021
    Best Short Film
Director Biography - Isaac Te Reina

Isaac is a self made working artist, mainly utilizing writing directing and photography skills over the last few years. He has traveled to Pasadena, LA to his first international premier at an International Film Festival and has been recognized as Best Emerging Director at home in Ōtaki at the Māoriland Film Festival. Isaac has trained at The Actors Program under such practitioners as Sara Wiseman and Michelle Hine. He is currently based in Wellington, Aotearoa.

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Director Statement

Tēna tātou katoa,

He uri ahau nō Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga,
Kō Isaac Te Reina tōku ingoa

Kia ora,

Here to regenerate the globe through Mātauranga Māori. Working on the front lines of the good fight for indigenous rights, power and voice for our people.

I love to collaborate and raise the presence of local musicians, writers and performers.

He taku ara rā, Kō Turongo
Nga mihi mahana kia koutou katoa