Gisborne premiere for ‘Broken’ in January

DARK SIDE: Gisborne police officer Josh Calles plays ex-gang leader Logan in soon-to-be-released film Broken. Picture by Origin Media

A FILM about gang violence, revenge and redemption that was shot in Gisborne and Anaura Bay premieres at the Odeon Multiplex this month.

The movie Broken is based on a true story and marks City Impact Church pastor Tarry Mortlock’s filmmaking debut.

International online movie database IMDb describes Broken as a film that follows Logan, “an ex-gang leader who has left the gang life to raise his daughter Tori. But when Tori is murdered by an opposing gang in town, Logan must choose forgiveness or revenge”.

The action-packed trailer that racked up 850,000 views within a few days of its release shows scenes of gang violence, fight sequences, shotgun shootings and an axe attack.

More than 25 Gisborne people feature in scripted roles in the film. Many locals helped behind the scenes too with scenery, stage crew, accommodation and technical support.

The film features Josh Calles, who makes his film debut as Logan, and Campion College drama teacher Jol Sparks plays a character called Murphy.

Mr Calles’ real-life experience as a Gisborne policeman brought him into close contact with gangs.

“Before joining the police I hadn’t seen that part of Gisborne,” he told The Gisborne Herald in 2016.

Mr Mortlock was inspired to make the film by New Zealand author Joy Cowley’s story Tarore and Her Book. Tarore was the daughter of a chief from a small marae near Matamata in the 1830s. A top student at a mission school, she was killed when a warring tribe came into the area and forced her tribe to relocate.

The film is “not just happy, clappy Christians on a Sunday”, Mr Mortlock said.

It is based on a true story and has a universal message.

“I think that’s where the power of the movie will come from.”

The January 25 premiere in Gisborne will be a red carpet event that begins at 7.30pm, and the screening starts at 8.30pm.

A FILM about gang violence, revenge and redemption that was shot in Gisborne and Anaura Bay premieres at the Odeon Multiplex this month.

The movie Broken is based on a true story and marks City Impact Church pastor Tarry Mortlock’s filmmaking debut.

International online movie database IMDb describes Broken as a film that follows Logan, “an ex-gang leader who has left the gang life to raise his daughter Tori. But when Tori is murdered by an opposing gang in town, Logan must choose forgiveness or revenge”.

The action-packed trailer that racked up 850,000 views within a few days of its release shows scenes of gang violence, fight sequences, shotgun shootings and an axe attack.

More than 25 Gisborne people feature in scripted roles in the film. Many locals helped behind the scenes too with scenery, stage crew, accommodation and technical support.

The film features Josh Calles, who makes his film debut as Logan, and Campion College drama teacher Jol Sparks plays a character called Murphy.

Mr Calles’ real-life experience as a Gisborne policeman brought him into close contact with gangs.

“Before joining the police I hadn’t seen that part of Gisborne,” he told The Gisborne Herald in 2016.

Mr Mortlock was inspired to make the film by New Zealand author Joy Cowley’s story Tarore and Her Book. Tarore was the daughter of a chief from a small marae near Matamata in the 1830s. A top student at a mission school, she was killed when a warring tribe came into the area and forced her tribe to relocate.

The film is “not just happy, clappy Christians on a Sunday”, Mr Mortlock said.

It is based on a true story and has a universal message.

“I think that’s where the power of the movie will come from.”

The January 25 premiere in Gisborne will be a red carpet event that begins at 7.30pm, and the screening starts at 8.30pm.

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