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New Zealand / 2015 / 124 min / DCP / colour / Comedy Drama

Director : James Napier Robertson

Script : James Napier Robertson
Cinematography : Denson Baker
Editing : Peter Roberts
Music : Dana Lund
Production : Tom Hern
Distribution : ZED
Cast : Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Miriama McDowell

Audience Award, Rotterdam Festival 2015

“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 – Maori 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.


James Napier Robertson

Born in Wellington in 1982, He started his career as an actor on stage in various Shakespeare productions. He appeared as an actor in the series "The Tribe" and "Shortland Street". He wrote and directed in 2007 the short film 'Foul Play'. In 2009, he directed his first feature film, the micro-budget, noir-thriller "I’m Not Harry Jenson", which he also wrote and edited. His second film, the drama "The Dark Horse", like his debut has been received enthusiastically in his home country.



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