Posted by: admin in Uncategorized on March 19th, 2013
Indications that the waters of the historical drama “River Queen” were troubled came after seven weeks of production in New Zealand. Helmer Vincent Ward was summarily, and shockingly removed as director of the picture.
There are several reasons for replacing a movie’s director. A disagreement with an temperamental and powerful leading man or lady, conflict with the film’s producers or the movie studio or ill health can all result in a change of leadership on a motion picture.
In this case, no one was straightforward on the reasons for Ward’s Read the rest of this entry »
While not necessarily a household name like those of Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer or even J. J. Abrams, Vincent Ward has managed to garner quite a decent following with his exciting repertoire of deeply thrilling and engaging masterpieces from Alien 3 to The Last Samurai and more recently a little film set in and around historical New Zealand titled River Queen.
While receiving only a limited theatrical release in the US, River Queen was a commercial success in the New Zealand and England box offices proving that you don’t have to be a native to make a film about another culture but it certainly helps. Born in Greytown, New Zealand, Vincent weaves a historical tapestry that is both emotional and personal and the narrative is made even more visceral by his own personal connection to it.
If you have not seen River Queen yet, and you appreciate films filled with believable characters then you need to get your hands on a copy of this film. Some theatres in the United States in places like Boston, Massachusetts show films like this on occasion but those of you who can’t make it to the theatres will have better luck firing up your Directv Massachusetts service or the like, or purchasing a copy online – either way, it’s worth it
Posted by: admin in Uncategorized on October 15th, 2011
Vincent Ward was born in Greytown, New Zealand. He started out with his first film, Vigil in 1984. He is most famous for his art-house films, however he won two Oscar Nominations for the film, What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams.
Called the “Greatest Sci-Fi movie ever made” by the London Times Online, Alien 3 is a science fiction horror film made by Vincent Ward in 1992. This movie is about an alien who is born in the prison of a starship and begins a killing spree.
Posted by: admin in Uncategorized on October 11th, 2011
Samantha Morton’s most diverse role was when she played Sarah O’Brien, a surgeon’s daughter who he personally trained in his technique and skill, in the 2005 movie River Queen in which she played an Irish woman who had fallen in love with a Mori man, Tommy Boy, and bore his son named Boy. Her son was stolen from her when he was but six tears old by his uncle Wiremu. She spends the next few years searching for her son as she travels with the Army, and committed friend Sgt. Doyle, ordered Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by: admin in Uncategorized on October 8th, 2011
River Queen is a 2005 New Zealand film by Vincent Ward, starring Samantha Morton and Kiefer Sutherland. The story is set is New Zealand in 1868 during Titokowaru’s War between the Mori and New Zealand colonial forces. Samantha Morton plays Sarah O’Brien, a New Zealand woman whose half Mori son has been kidnapped by his grandfather. She eventually finds her son in the village of his father’s tribe. Their attachment to each other grows. As well as her attachment to the village when she nurses the chief back to health and falls in love with Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by: admin in Uncategorized on October 6th, 2011
River Queen, released in 2005, had some mixed reviews upon it’s released, but nevertheless performed extremely well at teh box office. It offers up some outstanding underrated performances, by Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland and Cliff Curtis. River Queen is a brilliant historical drama set in the 1860′s. The film takes place in New Zealand. The brilliantly and effortlessly focuses on the Whanganui River Valley and an Irish settlers, seven year tireless search to find her son. Her son was kidnapped by his Maori Grandfather.Didn’t catch that? This explains it. While the mother is Read the rest of this entry »