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THE DEAD LANDS

by Toa Fraser

synopsis

Set in pre-colonial New Zealand — or, as it was known to its inhabitants, "Te Ao Maori" (the Maori World) — The Dead Lands is a dazzling action epic that has the distinction of being the first film ever to feature Mau rakau, the traditional (and terrifying) Maori martial art of armed combat. More than just an action film, it is also firmly grounded in the tribal culture of the time, particularly the concept of mana (meaning honour, respect, power, and prestige) and the intricate protocols associated with it.

international title: The Dead Lands
original title: Hautoa
country: Netherlands, United Kingdom
sales agent: XYZ Films
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Toa Fraser
film run: 108'
screenplay: Glenn Standring
cast: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan, Raukura Turei, Rena Owen
cinematography by: Leon Narbey
film editing: Dan Kircher
art director: Grant Major
music: Don McGlashan
producer: Matthew Metcalfe, Glenn Standring, Norman Merry, Tainui Stephens
production: Lipsync Productions, General Film Corporation

main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2014 
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