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Kōpere Ake - 2023 Recipients

FAT HOT MESS

Max Currie

Featuring two songs per episode, musical tragicomedy FAT HOT MESS follows gruff, overly sensitive 41yo Martin as he struggles to rebuild his confidence when a cataclysmic breakup leaves him living back home with his mother, severely allergic to everything digital, fat - and still gay. Undermining him at every turn is Martin’s inner thought track come inexplicably to wise-cracking life: a stuffed, emotional support toy called WAYNE.

MANA AKE

Lani-Rain Feltham (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) & Gregory David King (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whaingaroa)

When a young Māori man, Tai, is thrown into solitary, blood mingles with dirt, and he is swept back into a heart-stirring time when Māori fought for their very survival against the British colonial forces. Living between the past and the present, Tai must reclaim his mana (power) or perish in a twenty-first-century prison.

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