Film - International Independents Filmfest 2016


Directed by Bentley Dean, Martin Butler


Director: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Section: International Independents
Country: Australia, Vanuatu
Year: 2015
Language: Nauvhal
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Marie Wawa, Mungau Dain, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla, Albi Nangia



TANNA is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

Meet the director


Bentley Dean, Martin Butler

Martin Butler (first) and Bentley Dean (second) have made a name for themselves with aboriginal docs like CONTACT (2009) or FIRST FOOTPRINTS (2013). Bentley Dean usually operates the camera, Martin Butler records the sound – as on their first dramatic feature TANNA.


Screenplay: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, John Collee
Director of Photography: Bentley Dean
Film Editor: Tania Michel Nehme
Composer: Antony Partos
Sound: Emma Bortignon, Martin Butler
Producer: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Carolyn Johnson
Production Company: Contact Films
World Sales: Visit Films