style="width: 585px" http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/oclc\/154254115> ; http:\/\/purl.oclc.org\/dataset\/WorldCat> ; http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/154254115#PublicationEvent\/auckland_n_z_communicado_1994>. 585 src="https://www.nzonscreen.com/embed/ae0d9e288e228f4c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen > By the mid-1990s that statistic was reversed. ...only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of style="width: 585px" The soundtrack effectively mixed pop gems pulled from the vault by Scholes (Poi E and What's the Time Mr Wolf? Kia rite! This was the context in which Alan Duff's bestselling novel Once Were Warriors (his first) was published in 1990. Some features of WorldCat will not be available. -->, Size: On paper Once Were Warriors seemed risky: a first feature outing for a director (Lee Tamahori) used to 30 second advertisement serialisations, a producer (Robin Scholes) and production house (Communicado) seeking to make a dramatic entry into the feature film market, and a playwright (Riwia Brown) adapting a first novel (albeit a bestseller). Lee wanted to make a gritty urban-based drama, so it was important to create characters that people could feel empathetic towards, in a story that had to be compelling for its future audience.