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Ian Sharp (2010)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this New Zealand-set period adventure that unfolds like a Kiwi western, an embittered Boer War veteran tracks down a Maori seaman wanted for murdering a British soldier. Kereama (Temuera Morrison, of Once Were Warriors fame) is innocent of the crime, however, and fears rough justice at the hands of the colonial administration, while pursuer Arjan van Diemen (Ray Winstone, doing pretty well in the accent stakes) is taking the job primarily for the reward, after losing his family and farm during the Boer War. It's pretty obvious that hunter and hunted will eventually realise they have much in common, but this efficient chase story does well to deliver sundry twists and turns along the way, with Morrison and Winstone more than equal to the physicality and wry humour their roles demand. If the characters' attitudes sometimes seem slightly too modern, the writing is admirably respectful of complex motivations and faiths of all shades, while the magnificent New Zealand landscapes provide a spectacular backdrop. Ultimately, the drama's more satisfying than exciting, but it's a solid entertainment nonetheless.


An Afrikaans Boer War veteran travels to New Zealand, where he takes the job of hunting down a Maori fugitive accused of killing a British officer. Over the course of the pursuit, a respect develops between the two men, and the hunter begins to believe his prey's protestations of innocence. Period action adventure, starring Ray Winstone and Temuera Morrison.

Cast & Crew

Arjan van Diemen Ray Winstone
Kereama Temuera Morrison
Major Carlysle Gareth Reeves
Bryce Andy Anderson
Sergeant Major Saunders Mark Mitchinson
Brooke Nicholas McGough
Levin Tim McLachlan
Private Renwick Daniel Musgrove
Corporal Drake Steve Reinsfield
Director Ian Sharp
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Kaleidoscope Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 6 May 2011


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