About

White Lies is a story about the nature of identity:  those who deny it and those who strive to protect it.

Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman.  She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life.  But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. 

On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which will destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society.

If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences.

So Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation.

Technical Info: 
Colour 2:35:1 Dolby Digital
Duration: 
96min
Production Year: 
2013
Production Company: 
South Pacific Pictures
Festival/Awards: 
Toronto International Film Festival (Canada)

Key Roles

Director
Writer
Producer
Exec. Producer

Key Cast

Key Crew

Casting
Christina Asher
Line Producer
Catherine Madigan
Sound Design
James Hayday
Designer
Tracey Collins
Composer
John Psathas
Director of Photography
Alun Bollinger
Editor
Paul Sutorius