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The Dark Horse

Dark Horse
  • 2014
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Napier Robertson
  • Written by: James Napier Robertson
  • Cast: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance
  • UK release: 3 April 2015
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Biopic of bipolar speed chess champion Genesis 'Gen' Potini (Curtis), who formed a chess club for at-risk youth. Curtis gives the performance of his career, gaining four stone to play the troubled and generous Potini, and the film's human interest extends far beyond the triumphs and problems of its troubled and generous central character.

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The Dark Horse

30 Mar 20154 stars

Cliff Curtis astounds in a nuanced biopic of chess champion Genesis Potini

His presence in films like The Piano, Once Were Warriors and Whale Rider has made Cliff Curtis into a mark of quality for everything that is good in New Zealand cinema. The Dark Horse is no exception to that rule; Curtis gives the performance of his…

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