THE NAVIGATOR. A MEDIEVAL ODYSSEY

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“A visionary boy leads five men from the 14th Century into a 20th Century city. Their quest: to save their village before sunrise.“It is Cumbria 1348, the year of the Black Death. A medieval mining village lives in fear of the advancing plague. Griffin's older brother Connor returns from the outside world in a state of despair, until Griffin tells of his dream - and reveals the only hope of survival.“Make a tribute to God. Place a spire on a distant cathedral. Do it before dawn or the village is lost.

“A young boy is afflicted by apocalyptic visions in medieval Cumbria. Believing he is divinely inspired to save his village from the Black Death, he persuades a group of men to follow him into a tunnel. They dig deep into the earth and emerge ... in Auckland, New Zealand, 1987. Following portents, the time travelers must negotiate the terrors of a strange new world, (motorways, nuclear submarines) - while seeking to save their own. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it scooped the gongs at the 1988 AFI and 1989 NZ Film & TV Awards.

“Festival/Awards: In Competition, Cannes.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/the-navigator; 31/01/2014.

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Year 1988

Reference number F4232

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA, AUSTRALIA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:33:00

Production company John Maynard Productions

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NGĀ TAONGA SOUND & VISION, WELLINGTON
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Credits Director: Vincent Ward Producer: John Maynard Producer: Gary Hannam Executive Producer: Gary Hannam Director of Photography: Geoffrey Simpson Camera: Allen Guilford Writer: Vincent Ward Writer: Kely Lyons Writer: Geoff Chapple Editor: John Scott Music: Davood A Tabrizi Cast: Chris Hayward , Hamish McFarlane , Marshall Napier , Noel Appleby , Paul Livingstone , Sarah Pierse , Jay Lavea Laga’aia Co-Producer: Gary Hannam Connor: Bruce Lyons First Assistant Director: Greg Stitt Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission Production Designer: Sally Campbell;

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