The Convert

The Convert

Starts 20th Jun
The Convert
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The Convert

New Zealand in the 1830s is a Māori world, dominated by tribal wars.
Seeking redemption from a dark past, lay preacher Thomas Munro (GUY PEARCE) is on board a trading vessel heading to the newly established town of Epworth, a British settlement in that far corner of the world.
When the ship anchors for repairs, Munro finds himself caught up in a battle between Māori tribes and witnesses the slaughter of innocents at the hands of chief Akatārawa (LAWRENCE MAKOARE). Munro manages to save the life of Rangimai (TIOREORE NGATAI-MELBOURNE), the daughter of Maianui (ANTONIO TE MAIOHA), a rival chief whose land Epworth leases in a delicate arrangement. 

As Munro begins to experience the white townsfolk’s entrenched racism and paranoia towards the Māori, he finds himself increasingly ostracised within the community he is meant to serve and realises he has been brought to this isolated British outpost merely to add the veneer of civilisation.
After one of Maianui’s men is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Munro and Rangimai make the difficult journey into prohibited lands ruled by Māori warlords, in the hope of repairing the injustice. However, Munro soon realises he is a pawn in a strategic play of power, and with bloody war between the two dominant tribes now inevitable, he must decide what role he will play and whether his faith is real or of any value.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand

Dates
Starts 20th Jun
Director
Lee Tamahori
Genre
Action | Drama
Warnings

Strong violence
Duration
119 mins
Languages
English/Māori -English Subtitles
Cast
Guy Pearce, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Antonio Te Maioha
Accessibility
[CC] Closed Captions are available for this film
HI - Hearing Impaired, listening assistive headsets are available for this film
VI - Visually Impaired, audio description headsets are available for this film
(Limited number of devices)

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