Tamahine is a 1963 British comedy film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Nancy Kwan, Dennis Price and John Fraser. It is a film about a Polynesian woman who believes she can change the culture of Hallow School, a British boys' boarding school. The story was filmed at a real boys' boarding school, Wellington College in county Berkshire.

1963 Theatrical Poster
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Produced byJohn Bryan
Written byDenis Cannan
StarringNancy Kwan
John Fraser
Dennis Price
Music byMalcolm Arnold
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Edited byPeter Tanner
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (US)
Release date
  • 18 July 1963 (1963-07-18) (London)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film had its World Premiere on 18 July 1963 at the Empire, Leicester Square in London's West End.[1]


When her father dies, orphan teenager Tamahine is sent from her South Pacific island home to live with Charles Poole, her father's cousin and the headmaster of Hallow, a prestigious all-male school in England. Richard, Charles' son and school student, falls in love with her, but she considers him tabu because of the closeness of their family relationship. Another suitor is the art master, Clove, after he breaks up with Charles' daughter Diana.

Meanwhile, Tamahine has trouble adjusting to the puzzling social mores of her new home, exasperating Charles, but also making him start to question his own joyless existence. In the end, Richard convinces Tamahine that their connection is distant enough that marrying him does not violate English tabus, while Clove resigns to go paint in a foreign land, accompanied by Diana. The film leaps ahead several years, showing a scruffily bearded Charles enjoying life on Tamahine's island, while Richard takes his place as headmaster, watched by Tamahine and their children.



  1. The Times, 18 July 1963, Page 2
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