New Zealand in the 1830s is a largely Māori world, dominated by tribal wars. Seeking redemption from a dark past, lay preacher Thomas Munro (GUY PEARCE) is on board a trading vessel heading to the newly established town of Epworth, a British settlement at the far corner of the world. When the ship anchors on the rugged coast of New Zealand, Munro finds himself caught up in a battle between Māori tribes and witnesses a slaughter of innocents at the hands of chief Akatarawa. Munro manages to save the life of Rangimai -- the daughter of Maianui, a rival chief whose land Epworth leases in a delicate arrangement. As Munro begins to experience the white townsfolk's entrenched racism and paranoia towards the Māori, he finds himself increasingly ostracized within the community he is meant to serve and realizes he has been brought to this isolated British outpost merely to add the veneer of civilization. When one of Maianui's men is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Munro and Rangimai take a dangerous journey into the prohibited lands ruled by Māori warlords, in the hope of repairing the injustice. However, Munro soon realizes he is a pawn in a strategic play of power, and with bloody war between the two dominant tribes now inevitable, he must decide what role he will play and whether his faith is real, or of any value.

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The Convert (2023)

Action/Drama · 1h 59m · 7/12/2024

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New Zealand in the 1830s is a largely Māori world, dominated by tribal wars. Seeking redemption from a dark past, lay preacher Thomas Munro (GUY PEARCE) is on board a trading vessel heading to the newly established town of Epworth, a British settlement at the far corner of the world. When the ship anchors on the rugged coast of New Zealand, Munro finds himself caught up in a battle between Māori tribes and witnesses a slaughter of innocents at the hands of chief Akatarawa. Munro manages to save the life of Rangimai -- the daughter of Maianui, a rival chief whose land Epworth leases in a delicate arrangement. As Munro begins to experience the white townsfolk's entrenched racism and paranoia towards the Māori, he finds himself increasingly ostracized within the community he is meant to serve and realizes he has been brought to this isolated British outpost merely to add the veneer of civilization. When one of Maianui's men is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Munro and Rangimai take a dangerous journey into the prohibited lands ruled by Māori warlords, in the hope of repairing the injustice. However, Munro soon realizes he is a pawn in a strategic play of power, and with bloody war between the two dominant tribes now inevitable, he must decide what role he will play and whether his faith is real, or of any value.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

New Zealand

Production Companies

Brouhaha Entertainment, Jump Film and Television

Revenue

$505,996
Cast
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Guy Pearce

Thomas Munro
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Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne

Rangimai
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Antonio Te Maioha

Maianui
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Jacqueline McKenzie

Charlotte
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Lawrence Makoare

Akatarewa
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Dean O'Gorman

Kedgley
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Jared Turner

Castor Samuels
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Kelly Vivian

Epworth Washerwoman / Epworth Dancer
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Jack Barry

Harris
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Marris Collins

Maianui Elder
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Andrew G Hill

Maianui Warrior
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Leonard Mathews

Maianui Elder / Akatarewa Warrior
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Madeleine McCarthy

Bethany
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Tania Nolan

Mrs. Webster
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Ariki Salvation-Turner

Uenuku
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Mark Sole

Boyd
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Quinn Sugrue

Petrie (credit only)
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Whiu Tomika

Aorangi
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George Tughushi

Military (as a different name)
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Will Wallace

Padgett
Crew
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Lee Tamahori

Director
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Michael Bennett

Writer
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Shane Danielsen

Writer
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Lee Tamahori

Writer
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