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The Convert

Directed by Lee Tamahori
New Zealand, Australia
119 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Guy Pearce stars as a British preacher caught up in 1830s Māori wars in Lee Tamahori’s (Once Were Warriors, 1993; Mahana, SFF 2016) sweeping historical drama. Toronto 2023.
When Thomas Munro (Pearce, excellent) arrives in the tiny coastal settlement of Epworth in 1830, he finds discontent, suspicion and friction. After saving the life of a chief’s daughter, Rangimai (Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Munro is thrust into political intrigue during the devastating Musket Wars between Māori tribes. Tamahori paints a meticulously detailed portrait of Māori communities and culture in the early days of colonialism, whilst expertly weaving in Munro’s troubled past which intrudes on the increasingly bloody conflict surrounding him. Stunningly filmed in widescreen on location, including Whatipū beach, The Convert delivers gripping drama and extraordinary action.
A tremendous feat of reclamation, a Māori story told by a Māori director in the Māori language with a large Māori cast
Ankit Jhunjhunwala, The Playlist
It’s impossible not to succumb to the breathtakingly imposing landscapes
Carlos Aguilar, Variety

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Fri 9 Aug
Tamworth - Forum 6 Cinemas
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Unclassified 15+
New Zealand, Australia
In English and Māori with English subtitles
Lee Tamahori
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