Vincent Ward's fifth feature follows an Irishwoman in 1860s New Zealand, as Māori tribes resist the occupation of their land by the British. Sarah (Samantha Morton) has had an affair with a Māori and borne his child. Years later the boy is kidnapped by his grandfather, a powerful tribal leader. Sarah embarks on a search for her child, aided by warrior Wiremu (Cliff Curtis). When she finds him, both mother and son must decide to which culture they belong. This excerpt from the notoriously ambitious film sees Sarah encountering charismatic chief Te Kai Po (Temuera Morrison).
… a viscerally engaging adventure that works the emotions.– Empire magazine review by Luke Goodsell
The Film Consortium
Financed by the New Zealand Film Production Fund, the New Zealand Film Commission, The Film Consortium, The UK Film Council, Endgame and Invicta.