A film created in Dunedin will have its world premiere in
Canada next month.
The Dead Lands will be screened in a special
presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Dunedin writer and co-producer Glenn Standring said the
Toronto festival screening would be a first for a New Zealand
''It's a great screening for us ... It's a pretty punk rock
idea to have a film in te Reo, with English subtitles. We're
very excited,'' Standring said this week.
''It was inspired by my discovery, in my 20s, that my
grandmother was Maori, which was a bit of a shock.
"My experience was not growing up being a Maori.
''But it took away any fear I had of Maori culture and got me
fascinated about my own Maori ancestry.''
Standring previously wrote the films Perfect Creature
and The Irrefutable Truth About Demons.
The Dead Lands was an New Zealand-United Kingdom
co-production and was filmed in Auckland and the central
North Island earlier this year.
''I was shocked at how exciting pre-colonial Maori culture
"The film is like stepping into a neolithic Samurai
culture,'' Standring said.
The Toronto film festival has previewed the film, which
features a Don McGlashan soundtrack, as a ''Maori martial
''In this dazzling action epic set in pre-colonial New
Zealand, the young son of a murdered tribal chieftain seeks
vengeance on his family's killers, by learning the ancient
Maori martial arts from a legendary warrior.''
The Toronto International Film Festival is on from September
The festival is considered a showcase for international and
North American films and will screen 300 films from more than
60 countries this year.
The Dead Lands will be released in New Zealand on