A young boy is afflicted by apocalyptic visions in medieval Cumbria. Believing he is divinely inspired to save his village from the Black Death, he persuades a group of men to follow him into a tunnel. They dig deep into the earth and emerge ... in Auckland, New Zealand, 1987. Following portents, the time travelers must negotiate the terrors of a strange new world, (motorways, nuclear submarines) — while seeking to save their own. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it scooped the gongs at the 1988 AFI and 1989 NZ Film & TV Awards.
This short, intense picture is like a collaboration between William Golding and Gene Roddenberry, The Spire meets Star Trek, and is the work of someone with a distinctive talent and vision. Ward is an antipodean Werner Herzog.– Philip French, The Observer,
Title licensed by NZ Film Commission.
Funded by the NZ Film Commission and the Australian Film Commission.
Original soundtrack composed by Davood A. Tabrizi. Available to purchase here.
Available to rent and buy from NZ Film on Demand.