The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

Australia, 1989

Film
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The navigator is remarkable because of its absorbing story that links medieval fears and fortunes to our times, while confirming director Vincent Ward as an original talent. It is Cumbria 1348, the year of the Black Death. A young visionary tells his fellow miners that their community may survive the plague if they place a spire on a distant cathedral before dawn. So, from their grim, snowbound Lake District, they dig down an old mine-shaft to the other side of the world, emerging in an Eastman-coloured present day Auckland, New Zealand. Cast includes Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood and Hamish McFarlane.

Credits

production company

Arenafilm

New Zealand Film Commission

co-producer

John Maynard

Gary Hannam

Duration

01:30:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300360

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Ward, Vincent

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction → Science fiction films

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - New Zealand

History → Mythology

Literature → Mythology

People → Ward, Vincent

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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