When his father dies, soldier Will Bastion (Temuera Morrison) returns home after 20 years. Tradition dictates he take on the mantle of tribal chief, but he's not interested. His brother Kahu (Lawrence Makoare) seizes the opportunity, but he's a drug-dealer with grand plans to get stolen land back. Worried about Kahu's provocative approach, Will must choose whether to face off against his brother. Melding horseback action and indigenous land rights, Crooked Earth marked the first NZ film for director Sam Pillsbury since 1987's Starlight Hotel. Variety called it "handsomely mounted and compelling".
Buy yourself a new mountain. We're taking ours back.– Kahu Bastion (Lawrence Makoare)
Music composed, arranged and performed by James Hall
Vocal performances by Hinewehi Mohi. Traditional Māori instruments by Hirini Melbourne. Orchestral supervisor and conductor Bruce Lynch
Soundtrack includes tracks by Upper Hutt Posse, and Moana and the Moa Hunters