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A woman who has come to a strange land is torn between the life she knows and the new life around her in this epic-scale historical drama. In 1854, New Zealand's indigenous Maori tribes were engaged in an ongoing battle to drive away European settlers eager to establish colonies in the nation's wilderness, which the Maori saw as a threat to their way of life. However, some outsiders had made a home in New Zealand with the cooperation of the Maori, and an Irish settlement had been established, with Francis (Stephen Rea), the colony's doctor, bringing his daughter Sarah (Samantha Morton) with him to this new land. Sarah becomes acquainted with the son of one of the Maori leaders, and in time their friendship grows into something deeper. When Sarah discovers she's pregnant with the chief's son's child, the father has been called off to fight against the Europeans, and by the time her son is born, his father is dead. Sarah raises her child, whom she simply calls "Boy," but when Boy reaches the age of six, he's abducted by his father's family, who believes he should grow up among the Maori. Fearing further reprisals, Francis returns to Ireland, but Sarah stays behind to care for the sick and look for her son. Years later, while in search of Boy, Sarah encounters Wiremu (Cliff Curtis), a Maori warrior whose father Te Kai Po (Temuera Morrison) is ill. When Wiremu learns that Sarah is well versed in medicine, he makes an offer -- if she will treat Te Kai Po and return him to health, he will find Boy. Sarah is able to cure Te Kai Po's ailment, and Wiremu returns the now-teenaged Boy (David Rawiri Pene) to his mother. Boy is not eager to leave behind the Maori people who have become his family, and he and Sarah stay with Te Kai Po's tribe for a while, but in time she is drawn back to the Irish colony, where she finds herself torn between Doyle (Kiefer Sutherland), the soldier who loves her and wishes to protect her, and Wiremu, who she has grown to love. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 2005

Crew

Vincent Ward
Director
Don Reynolds
Producer
Chris Auty
Producer
Vincent Ward
Screen Story
Vincent Ward
Screenwriter
Toa Fraser
Screenwriter
Alun Bollinger
Cinematographer
Karl Jenkins
Composer (Music Score)
Ewa Lind
Editor
Peter Baldock
Editor
Rick Kofoed
Production Designer
Tainui Stephens
Co-producer
James D. Stern
Executive Producer
Neil Peplow
Executive Producer
Mark Hotchin
Executive Producer
Barbara Darragh
Costume Designer
Richard Flynn
Sound/Sound Designer
Shayne Radford
First Assistant Director
Celestia Fox
Casting
Diana Rowan
Casting
Paul Grinder
Second Unit Director
Neil Cervin
Second Unit Director Of Photography
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