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Following Twain

If you’ve never heard of legendary American writer Mark Twain, you’ll know his characters: Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.

New Zealand writer and actor Oscar Kightley (Sione’s Wedding, The Naked Samoans) is also probably best known for his characters. 

So, what happens when you take Kightley, attach a camera crew and get him to trace the footsteps of one of the modern world’s greatest authors?

Few people know Mark Twain visited New Zealand for 39 days back in 1895. He also wrote a book about his adventures. 

Following Twain looks at the country the great author saw and wrote about. Over eight episodes, Kightley follows Twain’s path around New Zealand from Bluff up the South Island to Nelson then by boat to Auckland and back down the North Island to Wellington. 

What, and who, Kightley finds in each and every region will surprise and fascinate Kiwis, because having the opportunity to look back 122 years one thing becomes crystal clear: Aotearoa has always been home to adventurous folk who aren’t afraid to give things a go.

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