Dark Horse, The - 2014
DVD UPC #9324915097384(NZ & AU single disc); 4020628870416(UK); 025192326264(US); 4020628855055(DE)
Blu-ray # 4020628855048 (DE)
Principal Cast: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Miriama McDowell, Baz Te Hira, Xavier Horan, Wayne Hapi.
Crew: Screenplay: James Napier Robertson; Cinematographer: Denson Baker; Editor: Peter Roberts; Original Music: Dana Lund; Production Designer: Kim Sinclair; Costume Designer: Kristin Seth; Sound Designer: Nick Buckton; Art Direction: Jill Cormack; Set Decoration: Daniel Birt; Producers: Tom Hern, Jim Marbrook; Director: James Napier Robertson.
This is a true story based upon the life of chess champion Genesis Potini. It is also a film about two lost souls finding the strength to carry on through each other's company and believing in themselves, even if no one else does. The film connects chess, its rules and strategies with elements of Maori mythology and spirituality. Since his childhood Genesis has always known chess as “the warrior game.” In teaching the kids at the local chess club the principles of the game he draws on Maori creation stories. For the at-risk youths, Genesis' chess lessons serve not only as instruction in the game but as important lessons in cultural identity as well as more general life lessons about living in a community. Definately Recommended.
Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: A-
Official MP4 Trailer