The Convert – Film Review

The Convert is a must watch epic historical drama depicting pre-colonial Aotearoa New Zealand and Māori culture.

Guy Pearce is brilliant as a lay preacher named Munro, a soldier-turned-preacher, who arrives at a British settlement in 1830s Aotearoa New Zealand, his mission put to the test when he finds himself caught in the middle of a blood feud between Māori tribes.

The film presents the meeting between the Māori people and the new settlers to Aotearoa and how they learned from each other. It also gives us an opportunity to see Māori depicted as they were before European settlement changed their lives forever.

It’s an intense and gripping drama with extraordinary action.

It also highlights the isolation and hardships endured by the first settlers.

The Convert is stunningly filmed in widescreen on location, including Whatipū Beach.

The scenery is stunning and made me want to visit New Zealand.

The Covert opens at Luna Cinemas on June 20 – don’t miss it.

I give it 8/10.

By Jean Hudson


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