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Kerosene Creek

Close friends Jayde and Wiremu tag along with their teenage siblings to a swimming hole in a deep forest. But young passions can sometimes be as explosive as kerosene. This film also offers an intimate view into New Zealand’s Maori community.

  • New Zealand
  • 2004, 13 min
  • Director: Michael Bennett
  • Director of photography: Leon Narbey
  • Editor: John Gilbert
  • Screenplay: Michael Bennett
  • Music: Nic McGowan
  • Cast: Atarangi Manley, Taungaroa Emile, Jared Rawiri, Darcy Ray Flavell Hudson, Miriama McDowell
  • Contacts: New Zealand Film Commission


Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett studied at Sydney’s Australian Film Television and Radio School. In 2000, he wrote the screenplay for the feature film Jubilee, which won the New Zealand Film and TV Award. His first short film, Cow (2001), featured at many international festivals including Critics’ Week at Cannes. He is now developing a number of original features.