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Discover Tuesdays: THE DARK HORSE 16/6

Today’s Discover Tuesdays presentation is must-see drama THE DARK HORSE with a wonderful central performance from Cliff Curtis.

Director: James Napier Robertson.
Starring: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance. New Zealand 2014. 125 mins.

This multi-award-winning New Zealand drama stars Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider) as a troubled former chess master who takes on the task of coaching at-risk young people in order that they might avoid gang life and make something of themselves. Driven by Curtis’s committed and inspiring performance as a man plagued by bipolar disorder but stubbornly determined to help people, the film is both an engaging sports movie and a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit. It was inspired by the true story of Gisborne-based speed chess player and coach Genesis Potini, who died in 2011.

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‘Kiwi star Cliff Curtis makes a triumphant return to his homeland with this multi-award-winning true story after Whale Rider propelled him to a career in Hollywood in 2002.’

– John Ferguson, Radio Times. ★★★★

‘It’s a breathtaking performance, note perfect in every gesture, mesmerising in its conviction.’

– Mark Kermode, Guardian. ★★★★

‘It’s a film with the texture and truth of life, and at its heart is a beautiful performance by Cliff Curtis, who never in a million years will be nominated for an Oscar, but deserves one.’

– Cath Clarke, Time Out ★★★★

‘The heartfelt telling of a truly extraordinary true story with a mesmerising central performance.’

– David Hughes, Empire ★★★★

‘The life of a troubled Maori chess genius is given a deft treatment in this new biopic… Enlightening.’

– Mike McCahill, The Telegraph ★★★★

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