The Dead Lands

The Deadlands trailer

Story

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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.

Credits

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

Reviews

“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

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