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The Navigator

by Vincent Ward
A visionary boy leads five men from the 14th Century into a 20th Century city. Their quest: to save their village before sunrise.
1988  ·  1h30m  ·  New Zealand
English
About the Film

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.

Distribution Availability: Canada and United States (Non-Theatrical)
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Cinema Politica is the proud Canadian distributor of The Navigator. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
Festivals and Awards
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Film
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Director: Vincent Ward
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Original Screenplay: Kely Lyons, Geoff Chapple and Vincent Ward
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Male Performance: Hamish McFarlane
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role: Sarah Peirse
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Male Performance in a Supporting Role: Noel Appleby
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Production Design: Sally Campbell
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Cinematography: Geoffrey Simpson
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Editing: John Scott
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Contribution to a Soundtrack: Dick Reade
1989
Listener Film and Television Awards, Best Film Score: Davood Tabrizi
1989
Fantasporto Fantasy Film Festival, Nominated for Best Film
1989
Fantasporto Fantasy Film Festival, Best Cinematography: Geoffrey Simpson
1989
Fantasporto Fantasy Film Festival, Audience Jury Award: Vincent Ward
1988
Cannes Film Festival, Nominated for Palmes d'or
1988
Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Best Film
1988
Fanta Festival, Best Film
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Director: Vincent Ward
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Film
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Achievement in Cinematography: Geoffrey Simpson
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Achievement in Production Design: Sally Campbell
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Achievement in Costume Design: Glenys Jackson
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Achievement in Editing: John Scott
1988
Australian Film Institute Awards, Nominated for Best Lead Actor (Hamish McFarlane) and Supporting Actor (Paul Livingstone)
Editor
John Scott
Cinematographer
Geoffrey Simpson
Producer
Gary Hannam and John Maynard
Writer
Vincent Ward, Kelly Lyons and Geoff Chapple
About the Director

Vincent Ward

Vincent Ward’s films have achieved a wide, eclectic audience whilst earning critical acclaim and festival attention.

His latest feature film Rain of the Children (2008) was picked by the audience, from 250 feature films, to win the Grand Prix at Poland’s largest film festival. The film was also nominated for best director in New Zealand and Australia. What Dreams May Come won an Oscar and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards. The River Queen (2005) won the Golden Goblet in Shanghai.

Ward was an executive producer of The Last Samurai, developing the underlying material for it – he also chose the director.

Wards earlier films Vigil (1984), The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988) and Map of the Human Heart (1993) were the first films by a New Zealander to be officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Between them they garnered close to 30 national and international awards (including the Grand Prix at festivals in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and the United States).

Ward was recognized with an Order of New Zealand Merit in 2007 for his services to the film industry. He is currently in active film development whilst also working as a writer and painter.

 
Other films by Vincent Ward

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