- Sun 7 Aug 2016
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- General $12
- Concession $10 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
- Booking essential
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
- Rating: R16
- Te Reo Māori with English subtitles
Hongi must avenge his father's death in order to bring honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered.
Hongi (James Rolleston) – a Māori chieftain’s teenage son – must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious ‘Warrior’ (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
The first feature film produced entirely in Te Reo Māori, The Dead Lands joins the short list of screen tales set in Aotearoa, before the pākehā. After debuting at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, The Dead Lands topped the Kiwi box office and won three Moa awards.
This action epic was shot in Auckland and the central North Island of New Zealand and features the Māori martial art of Mau Rakau, a unique hand-to-hand fighting style not seen on international cinema screens before.
NZ, 2014, Colour, 109 min, R16, Māori with English subtitles
Dir. Toa Fraser
Writer: Glenn Standring
Producer: Matthew Metcalfe
Hongi: James Rolleston
'Warrior': Lawrence Makoare
Wirepa : Te Kohe Tuhaka
Tane: George Henare
Rangi : Xavier Horan
'Grandmother': Rena Owen