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Simon Morris looks at three movies that play with the idea of stories – a fictionalized account of a famous real event, a low budget movie that dreams big, and a variation of the famous tales of the Arabian Nights.



Muru is a thriller based on the notorious Tūhoe raids of 2007.   Starring Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse) and Simone Kessell (Obi-Wan Kenobi), it’s directed by Tearepa Kahi (Poi E, Mt Zion). 



Northspur is an indie New Zealand film set in a plague-torn future, when roaming bandits threatened remote settlements.  Starring the late Marshall Napier (Bellbird) and Josh McKenzie (Filthy Rich), it’s directed by Aaron Falvey (Rock Bottom).


And a variation on all those stories about “three wishes”, Australian director George Miller (Mad Max) presents Three thousand years of longing, starring Tilda Swinton (The French Despatch) and Idris Alba (Beast).