Toke director Kewana Duncan talks stoners, super-strains and stereotypes

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Kewana Duncan, who made his film-writing and directing debut in the tele-film Toke, chats to Leonie Hayden about his career trajectory and how he’s keeping it tika.

Kewana Duncan is a new face in the film and television landscape, but he’s no Johnny-come-lately. The writer and director first got his break storylining for Shortland Street in the mid-2000s and has since been producing creative content in a range of formats, such as Māori Television’s original series Anamata, which blends commentary, humour and modern FX to create news bulletins set in the future.

Toke, a tele-movie for Three that airs tonight, is his feature film debut both as a writer and a director. He directed alongside industry stalwart Charlie Haskell (The Gulf, The Almighty Johnsons, Hercules, Xena).

Set in the town of Tokerangi,…



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