The Deadlands trailer



Hongi (James Rolleston) – a Maori 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.


Director Toa Fraser

Producers Matthew Metcalfe, Glenn Standring

Co-Producers Tainui Stephens, Norman Merry

Executive Producers XYZ Films

Cast James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan Fight

Choreographer Steve McQuillan (Lord of the Rings)

US Distributor Magnolia


“Heightened performances give an epic edge to a sumptuously photographed coming-of-age tale fired by honor and revenge” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Impressive scenery and action elevate a tale of pre-colonial Maori warfare that is nonetheless brutal to the brink of monotony.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety