New Zealand film THE DEAD LANDS has opened to number one place at the New Zealand box office, ahead of block-buster Brad Pitt film Fury, placing this film in the record books as the first Te Reo Māori feature film to reach number one at the NZ Box Office on opening day.
Public pre-release screenings including the spectacular premiere in Manukau Auckland were good indicators that this action packed movie is the film sitting on top of everyone’s must see list.
Toa Fraser’s accomplished filmmaking and the cast’s performances are seeing acclaim roll in thick and fast from key reviewers. The Dominion Post reviewer Graeme Tuckett has said “The Dead Lands is the single most exciting and unashamedly rip-roaring film to come out of New Zealand. Ever.” Dominic Corry of TVNZ Breakfast has called the film a “badass Kiwi action flick.”
Transmission Films Joint Managing Director, Richard Payten, said “It is absolutely what we were aiming for, to open at number one is fantastic and a credit to the filmmakers who have crafted a unique NZ action film. Every New Zealander should see this amazing film.”
THE DEAD LANDS tells the story of Hongi (James Rolleston) – a Māori chieftain’s teenage son – who must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, led by Wīrepa (Te Kohe Tūhaka), Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious “Warrior” (Lawrence Makoare), a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
THE DEAD LANDS producer Matthew Metcalfe comments “We’re absolutely thrilled the film has opened at number one, this is no mean feat for a New Zealand film and to see it hit the top spot so clearly ahead of the next film and know that it is a story that could only be told from New Zealand is an incredibly humbling piece of news to wake up to. We are proud of everyone that worked on the film and hope that every Kiwi shares our pride in this great news.”
Showcasing extreme athleticism and capturing a unique look at the New Zealand landscape, our people and the Māori language to the world, THE DEAD LANDS was released by Transmission Films on Thursday 30th October 2014 on 55 screens around New Zealand.