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The Navigator - a Medieval Odyssey

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Vincent Ward
  • 87 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Bruce Lyons and Hamish McFarlane. In Cumbria in 1348, a mining village lives in fear of the advancing Black Death. But nine-year-old Griffin has a dream of a journey and a celestial city and therein a last ray of hope. Setting out on a bizarre journey, Griffin and his friends tunnel through the earth to a new and dazzling world.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

An outstanding fable from New Zealand director Vincent Ward, which switches in time between Cumbria in the Middle Ages and the Antipodes of today. A medieval village threatened by the plague sends a group on a journey to find a miraculous church located on the other side of the world. The intrepid miners, however, burrow through the earth and end up in 20th-century New Zealand. The story could have been the basis for a knockabout time-travel comedy; indeed, there are some nice gags. Yet Ward is more interested in creating a mythical tale that subtly alludes to the Aids crisis and the nuclear apocalypse. To this end, he summons up some extraordinary visual images and draws a marvellous performance from young Hamish McFarlane.

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Credits

Cast

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ConnorBruce Lyons
GriffinHamish McFarlane
UlfNoel Appleby
SearleMarshall Napier
ArnoChris Haywood
MartinPaul Livingston

Crew

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DirectorVincent Ward

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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