the dark horse
Based on a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, Fear the Walking Dead) as Genesis 'Gen' Potini, a Maori chess champion who finds purpose by teaching disadvataged children about the rules of chess and life.
Director: james napier robertson
Writer: james napier robertson
Producer: Tom Hern
Cast: cliff curtis, James Rolleston, wayne hapi, kirk torrance, miriama mcdowell, barry te hira, xavier horan
Executive Producers: Tim White, Cliff curits
Co-producers: james napier robertson, jim marbrook
Associate Producers: tim wood, sasha wood
Line-producer: judith tyre
Cinematography: denson baker
Editor: Peter Roberts
music by: dana lund
The Dark Horse won Best Film at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and the 2014 New Zealand Film and TV Awards, and won Audience Awards at variety of festivals including the Rotterdam, Seattle and San Francisco International Film Festivals. The film also won a special SIGNIS Commendation Award (given to film that "illuminate and celebrate what it means to be human in a diverse and challenging world").