Brent Hayward

Manawanui (1996)

8 min 5 secSingle channel / Sound / Colour / Sound

"We're 23 years into a plague that remains unresearched" - onscreen text from Manawanui

Manawanui is an agitated, sometimes terrifying meditation on life, death and state power. Oscillating between anxiety over the AIDS epidemic and a series of dramatic high camp scenes from the queer underground, Manawanui hurtles along a fine line between joy and despair. Hayward’s camera, editing and soundtrack are a tour-de-force, bringing together activism and hedonism in a cinematic spectacle.

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