By Rena Owen
Our next encounter happened on March 30, 2016 in LA when Mr. Cameron once again generously hosted the Los Angeles Premiere of the brilliant NZ film; The Dark Horse. This screening was not followed by a Q & A but Mr. Cameron did a great introduction and conversation with the film’s director; James Napier Robertson and the film’s star, the brilliant Cliff Curtis! It was such a special night for me, especially given Cliff and I were launched internationally in the same film 21 years ago; “Once were Warriors” a film that enjoys cult-classic status and in 2014 was voted the number ONE New Zealand film of all time!
What does the future hold for me and da JC? As the writer & producer, I have developed a New Zealand epic feature film that is totally pre-colonial; “Behind The Tattooed Face.” I sincerely hope to be able to involve James in the capacity of his choosing in this epic feature film venture! Needless to say as an actor; I would LOVE to be cast in a James Cameron film and be blessed with the opportunity to work with this trail blazing genius!
In closing my wee story of Da JC & Me, I want to say that I am privileged to be ONE of only FIVE actors in the whole world to have worked with pioneering visionary filmmakers; Mr. George Lucas and Mr. Steven Spielberg and it has always been my experience of geniuses, regardless of their area of expertise they all have an innate need to be ordinary in order to accomplish the extraordinary! Here’s to you; JC!
Image credit: Rena Owen
Rena Owen is a multi-talented, award-winning actress. She is one of the only 6 actors to work with leading directors in the likes of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. She has a strong concept of family, being one of 9 children. Born in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, she also spent her childhood there riding horses, milking cows and swimming in the rivers. Her father was Maori/Welsh and her mother was European. She belonged to the Maori Tribal affiliation, Ngati Hine. Even when Rena was young, she was actively engaged in the Maori Culture Club, Community Stage Plays, and High School Musical productions. In the mid-1980s, she trained at the Actors Institute in London. After her training, she worked in various aspects of theater. Rena is best known for George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones where she played the role of Taun We. She is one of the very few to receive Dame Te Atairangikaahu, Maori Queen, Literary Award.