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Ian Sharp

  • Country: United Kingdom, New Zealand
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: David Burns, Trevor Haysom
  • Executive Producer: Stephanie Pettigrew, Sue Cook, Gareth Wiley, Richard Fletcher
  • Screenplay: Nicolas van Pallandt
  • Runtime: 102
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An ex-Boer war guerrilla in New Zealand is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier.

New ZealandAboriginal PeoplesHistoryAdventurePeriod Piece

screening times

    • Sunday September 12
    • 9:45:00 PM
    • AMC 3
    • Tuesday September 14
    • 2:45:00 PM
    • AMC 6
    • Saturday September 18
    • 7:30:00 PM
    • AMC 6

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

From British director Ian Sharp comes an impressive film following a Maori man on the run from a group of English officers across the stunning New Zealand wilderness. Taking place in 1902 just after the Second Boer War, this story reveals much about colonialism and the unlikely friendships that can be struck between hunters and their prey.

Tracker begins with the story of Arjan (Ray Winstone), one of thousands of Dutch settlers who fled South Africa to commonwealth countries after fighting against the British at the turn of the twentieth century. After Maori Kereama (Temeura Morrison) is wrongly thought to have killed a British officer, he is forced to flee to the countryside. Following his trail is Arjan and a group of bloodthirsty officers, who would each like their share of the reward offered for Kereama’s capture. But when Arjan, an experienced tracker, takes his own route in an effort to find Kereama, new affinities are forged between the most unlikely of characters. Because both Arjan and Kereama lost their respective wars to the British, they eventually find common ground in their mutual sense of anger and loss.

Shot on location in New Zealand and featuring magnificent vistas, the film’s wild, striking landscapes offer a stark contrast to the violence of colonialism present throughout the film. More than simply a lesson in colonial history, Tracker is a meditation on victimhood and transcendence. Tracker encourages viewers to consider what their own histories share with the persecuted individuals in the film. The New Zealand countryside provides the ideal backdrop for pondering the lives of these men and for contemplating what recourse they have to justice and healing.

Jane Schoettle

director bio

Ian Sharp was born in Lancashire, England and studied psychology at Durham University. After making a number of documentaries for the BBC, he directed British television series such as Minder and The Professionals. He was also second unit director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (88) and Golden Eye (95). Tracker (10) is his latest feature.

full credits

Principal Cast: Ray Winstone, Temuera Morrison
David Burns, Trevor Haysom
Executive Producer:
Stephanie Pettigrew, Sue Cook, Gareth Wiley, Richard Fletcher
Harvey Harrison
Sean Barton
Matthew Gough
David Burns
Production Designer:
Rick Kofoed
International Sales Agent:
Production Company:
Eden Films
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