Coming on like a cross between Apocalypto and the Ong Bak sequels (don't let that put you off), The Dead Lands is a gritty Maori thriller from Toa Fraser. Set in a pre-colonial New Zealand, a chieftan's son swears vengeance after his tribe is brutally slaughtered. James Rollerston introduces himself to the world in high-kicking fashion, alongside Lawrence Makoare, who you may recognise from The Lord of the Rings saga. The Dead Lands is due to open at the end of May. Looks great.
Synopsis: After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones.