The Dark Horse

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Starring an extraordinary NZ cast; Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider and Boy), James Rolleston (Boy) and Kirk Torrance (Outrageous Fortune) The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand Hero and Chess champion - Genesis Potini (Gen). The Dark Horse is a provocative, emotionally-charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities - finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community. It is a film about two lost souls finding the strength to carry on through each other's company - believing in themselves; even if no one else does.

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Hollywood Reporter Review Review

"I do not say this lightly. The Dark Horse is not to be missed. Its beautifully told, bravely executed, and truly inspiring." - Kate Rodger TV3 *****

"It is, as you've probably heard, a great, deeply affecting movie…The best to come from these shores in many a year." Russell Baillie NZ Herald *****

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San Fransisco Internation Film Festival Audience Award

New Zealand Screen Awards 2014
Won, New Zealand Screen Award - Best Screenplay - James Napier Robertson


New Zealand Film and TV Awards 2014
Won, Best Film
Won, Best Actor - Cliff Curtis
Won, Best Supporting Actors - James Rolleston
Won, Best Director - James Napier Robertson
Won, Best Screenplay for a Feature Film - James Napier Robertson
Won, Best Score - Dana Lund

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015
2nd Place, Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature


Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015
Won, Audience Award
Won, MovieZone Award


Asian Pacific Screen Awards 2014
Won, Best performance by an Actor - Cliff Curtis

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Writer/DirectorJames Napier Robertson
(I'm Not Harry Jenson)

ProducerTom Hern
(I'm Not Harry Jenson, Lambs, Everything We Loved)

Exec Producer — Tim White
(Two Little Boys, Sleeping Beauty, Out of the Blue)

Co ProducerJim Marbrook
(The Dark Horse - documentary)

Line Producer — Judith Trye
(Once Were Warriors, The Strength of Water, No. 2)

CinematographerDenson Baker
(Black Balloon, The Waiting City, Lambs)

Production DesignerKim Sinclair
(Avatar, Tintin, Man of Steel)

Editors — Peter Roberts
(The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) ,
Annie Collins
(Shopping, Two Little Boys)

Key Cast
Genesis — Cliff Curtis
(Whale Rider, Training Day, Three Kings)

ManaJames Rolleston

NobleKirk Torrence
(Outrageous Fortune, Stickmen)

SandyMiriama Mcdowell

Production Year: 2013
Status: Completed
Sales Agent: Celluloid Dreams
Domestic Distributor: Transmission Films

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