WorldCat Identities

Owen, Rena 1962-

Works: 54 works in 170 publications in 4 languages and 1,997 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Film adaptations  Motion pictures  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Actor, Performer, per, Singer, Author, Creator
Classifications: PR9639.3.D792, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Rena Owen
Once were warriors by Lee Tamahori( Visual )
62 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a poor suburb of Auckland, Jake and Beth Heke live a life defined by drunken parties, unstable friendships, and confrontations with authorities. Jake, a complex man with a rascal's charm, is weighted down by a quick temper, alcoholism, and an evil streak of male entitlement. Beth's beauty has been scarred by broken dreams and Jake's beefy fists. Yet her inner strength and desire to save her family make her the solid center around which this story of tragedy and hope is constructed
Mee-Shee the water giant ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mac, a fun-loving nine-year-old, will have the adventure of a lifetime when he uncovers the world's biggest secret: Mee-Shee, a lovable water giant. They will have to outsmart a team of evil hunters who threaten to take Mee-Shee away forever
Nemesis game ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sara Novak is an introverted college student with a few skeletons in her closet. Shying away from classmates, she prefers to spend time with Vern, an older comic store owner who shares her passion for mind games and riddles. But when the riddles she solves lead to the deaths of those around her, she realizes the riddles are more than a simple game
Rain of the children ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vincent Ward weaves drama with documentary to unravel the extraordinary story of Puhi, the Tuhoe woman who welcomed the young filmmaker into her home in 1978. Ward made the observational film In Spring One Plants Alone about Puhi?s day-to-day life in the remote Urewera Ranges. By then almost 80, she was obsessively caring for her schizophrenic adult son Niki, whose violent fits terrified her. In this new cinema feature Ward sets out to unravel the mystery that has haunted him for 30 years: Who was Puhi? And why was she so obsessed with this last remaining son? Using his relationship with Puhi as the framework to explore her life, he finds a woman of extraordinary fortitude who, at the age of 12, was chosen by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu. Rua gave her the name, Puhi ("special one"). At 14, she had her first baby while hiding in the bush, having escaped from the 1916 police raid on Rua?s community at Maungapohatu, where she witnessed the arrest of Rua and Whatu and the killing of Toko, Rua?s other son, said to be her lover. She would go on to have 13 more children. But by the time Ward made his initial film, there were few signs of what had become of them. In Rain of the Children, he finds out how the loss of her children affected the course of her life. The tragedies she lived through were so powerful that some, including her, believed she was cursed. After a tumultuous second marriage and the manslaughter of her third husband, Puhi was left with her dependant son, Niki. She dedicated herself to this man-child, trying to protect him at all costs, even from beyond the grave. Rain of the Children is Ward?s search for truth in the story of a woman who sought redemption through love and who has remained a touchstone for him throughout his life
What becomes of the broken hearted? ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Five years have passed. Beth has left Jake, he has a new girlfriend and still spends his time fighting in the local bar. When his younger son is killed in a gang fight, Jake is in depair over his loss. As he starts to climb out of his old life, he realizes that his older son has joined a gang to try to exact revenge
Players ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mac and his high school gangster buddies try to take over the world of sports betting in seamy Carson City, Nevada. They come up against the real Mafia, who will do whatever it takes to keep these tough youngbloods off their turf
Pear ta ma 'on maf The land has eyes ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in Austronesian and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of Viki, a young South Pacific Islander inspired and haunted by the island's mythical "Warrior Woman." The lush tropical beauty of Rotuma, an island of Fiji, contrasts with the stifling conformity of her culture as Viki confronts notions of justice and her own personal freedom
Soul assassin ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a young, ambitious security agent employed by a powerful multinational banking firm finally secures an important promotion on the company's top internal security team, he has reached the pinnacle of his career. Intending to ask his girlfriend to marry him, he plans out the perfect romantic evening. His plan ends in tragedy when she is brutally murdered by a hit man. As a trained killer, he is primed to guard the only thing left for him - the bank
The straits ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Set among the turquoise waters and lethal wildlife of Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, The Straits is an exotic, darkly humorous crime drama series. The Montebellos are not your average Australian family. Modern day smugglers, their family business is transporting drugs to Australia, and guns and exotic wildlife out, making use of blood ties and loyalty in the Torres Strait. When Harry, the head of the family, starts to plan his succession he sparks a vicious family power struggle. However, under attack from bikies and Papua New Guinea Raskols, the family must hold together through torture, assassination and imprisonment"--Container
When love comes ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Six different friends. Three kinds of love. In this cutting-edge drama from award-winning New Zealand filmmaker Garth Maxwell, washed up singer Katie struggles to create a new life for herself while coping with yearning admirer Eddie and living with her best friend, Stephen, who's in love with sexually confused ex-hustler Mark. Meanwhile uninhibited band members Fig and Sally yearn for success and each other! Funny, touching, and insightful, this honest and sometimes twisted tale exposes the complication brought about by love, friendship, and desire, not necessarily in that order
The land has eyes ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and Austronesian and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set on the remote island of Rotuma, this visually entrancing film focuses on Viki, an industrious Rotuman teen who aspires to someday win a scholarship to Fiji
L'âme des guerriers by Lee Tamahori( Visual )
12 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Jake, personnage violent et alcoolique, brutalise sa femme Beth, et provoque la révolte de son fils qui rejoint le gang Toa adepte des traditions Maoris
Die letzte Kriegerin Once were warriors ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in German and Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Achtzehn Jahre sind vergangen, seit Jake und Beth geheiratet haben. Mit ihren fünf Kinder leben die Hekes, Nachfahren vom Stamm der Maori, in einem tristen Vorort einer neuseeländischen Großstadt. Alle leiden unter dem Jähzorn und der Gewalttätigkeit von Vater Jake. Besonders Beth hat seine allabendlichen Sauforgien und die nachfolgenden Streitereien und Schläge satt. Jake läßt keine Gelegenheit aus, um sich in seiner Stammkneipe mit seinen Kumpels zu "amüsieren". Sie betrinken sich, zocken und prügeln sich und nicht selten schleppt Jake alle mit nach Hause, wo die Gelage bis in den frühen Morgen dauern. Trotz allem versucht Beth mit aller Kraft, die Familie zusammenzuhalten. Doch das ist nicht leicht in diesen Zeiten. Ihr ältester Sohn schließt sich einer Straßengang an, der zweitälteste, ein Gelegenheitsdieb, landet in einer Erziehungsanstalt. Als einziger Lichtblick bleibt ihr ihre dreizehnjährige Tochter Grace, ein außergewöhnlich sensibles und phantasievolles Kind. Doch einer von Jakes Saufkumpanen sieht in dem unschuldigen Kind nur die leichte Beute. Eines Nachts schleicht er unbemerkt in das Schlafzimmer des Mädchens und vergewaltigt es. Damit löst er eine Katastrophe aus und setzt indirekt bei Beth einen Prozeß des Umdenkens in Gang. Die Gewalt, die sie umgibt, kann und wird sie nicht länger hinnehmen..."
Pear ta ma'on maf The land has eyes ( Visual )
in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A story about the coming of age of a young woman, Viki, who tries to escape the stifling conformity of island life and culture. Viki recovers from her father's death; and fights for justice and freedom, inspired by the myth of the Warrior Woman
Sweet as by Kelly Haitana( Recording )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 'Sweet as' Tui and Hira learn to live with the changes in Charles, their brother, after he leaves home. The launching tells of a special day for Ripeka and her whaanau, when their new whaka taua is launched
I'll make you happy ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Teenage hookers down under & on the run! All hell breaks loose when Siggy, a feisty young prostitute (Jodie Rimmer) contrives to swindle her sleazy pimp (Michael Hurst)"--Container
Die letzte Kriegerin ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mehrfach preisgekrönter Film. Die Maori Beth Heke lebt in einem tristen Großstadtviertel. Mit aller Kraft hält sie ihre Familie zusammen, auch wenn Alkohol und Gewalt die Ehe prägen. Nach demütigenden Erfahrungen besinnt sie sich ihrer Wurzeln und kehrt in ihr traditionelles Dorf zurück
Once were warriors by Alan Duff( Book )
3 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Eighteen years after Jake and Beth were married, Beth still finds him irresistible. Jake is a muscular, handsome man who exudes sexual energy. But he spends most of his time in the bar demanding respect and becoming drunk and violent ... Still untouched is Grace, the beautiful teenaged daughter, a gifted writer and thinker and the most vulnerable member of the family. What happens to her changes the family's life forever ..." [box cover note]
Somos guerreros 2 (What becomes of the broken hearted?) ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sequel to the story: Once were warriors
Die letzte Kriegerin ( )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in German and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (104)
German (10)
French (9)
Austronesian (6)