Cast: David McPhail, Mark Hadlow, Jim Moriarty, Helen Pearse Otene, Janice Gray.
Director of Photography: Gerard Smyth; Line Producer: Beverley Harris; Original Music: Richard Nunns, Herini Melbourne;
Sound Engineer: David Stone; Production Manager: Dinie Bevers; Executive Producer: Quentin Wilson; Editor: Natalie Glubb;
Post Supervisor: Richard Spivey; Written, Produced & Directed by Stefen Lewis.
The 2005 discovery of a cannonball, buried for 138 years in a paddock, throws Waimate into turmoil. It is all the Maori locals need, to confirm their long-held belief that they were forcibly removed from their tribal lands, in a bloody 1866 battle. The hotly contested claim eventually ends up in the District Court and on the lens of cameraman Dave who captures all the arguments, frauds and forgeries of the townspeople, in a cinema verité style. This "mockumentary" is director Stefen Lewis' first feature. A very commendable effort done on digital and for about $20,000.
The R0 PAL DVD is available from NZ sources for about $40nz. It is presented 1.33:1 with dolby digital 2.0 sound. The only extra is a "Making of" titled 'Dark Horse' (25 minutes).
It may be a bit hard to locate, but as of January 2015, Aro Video in Wellington had copies selling for about $35nz.
STREAMING AND DOWNLOADING
As of 23 July 2013, it is available streaming online free from NZOnScreen