Possum (2016)

Director: Dave Whitehead
Writers: Dave Whitehead
Stars: Taungaroa Emile, Duane Wichman-Evans, Te Ahitaewa Hakaraia-Hosking

Possum is a glimpse into a slice of kiwi (New Zealand) culture that is at the core of many New Zealanders. Like many others from the East Coast of the North Island in the 70’s, my father Wallace Whitehead, often took up contracts fencing, shearing or scrub cutting. I guess the money was ok, but it was certainly hard labor. It also often meant staying on site away from the family during the week. I remember how excited we were with dad coming home on Fridays with a big hug and bristles on his unshaven face.