Smith (Sam Neill), is devastated when his wife runs off with his best friend, Bullen (Ian Mune). He takes off to the Coromandel. Meanwhile, New Zealand is at war with itself and the government has enlisted an anti-terrorist force to viciously crack down on its opponents. Smith is framed as a revolutionary and arrested, but escapes. Bullen, now a guerrilla, hides him and tries to persuade the reluctant Smith to join the revolution. Directed by Roger Donaldson, the adaptation of CK Stead's novel Smith's Dream, heralded the new wave of New Zealand feature films.
(The film) almost single-handedly created a climate of acceptance within the country for a Kiwi film industry.– Jonathan Dowling - Evening Post, 27 February 1988
Title licensed by NZ Film Commission.
Funded with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.
Music composed by Murray Grindlay, David Calder and Mathew Brown
Available to rent and buy from NZ Film on Demand