Broken No 1 at NZ box office

Outside the Odeon at the world premiere of Broken. Picture by Liam Clayton

A KIWI-made film shot in Gisborne and Anaura Bay with mostly untrained actors has nudged heavyweight blockbusters aside to take the No.1 position overnight at the New Zealand box office.

City Impact Church pastor Tarry Mortlock’s film-making debut Broken had a sold-out premiere last week in Gisborne.

Inspired by Joy Cowley’s story Tarore and her Book, the movie takes revenge, thwarted by reconciliation, as its theme in a modern-day setting that involves feuding gangs and a father’s grief.

Waking this morning to news that Broken was the country’s No.1 box office hit was “absolutely a dream come true”, said Mortlock.

“To open the cinema doors and see this level of interest in our film is humbling and exciting for the team who poured everything we had into crafting Broken. The fact ordinary New Zealanders are flocking to see our film means so much to us.”

With the exception of Wayne Hapi, who plays Pouakai gang leader Cruz, the cast of Broken is made up of non-professional actors from Gisborne and the East Coast.

Among them is lead actor Josh Calles, a policeman based in Ruatoria, Campion College drama teacher Jol Sparks and pastor Lance Rickard, who took on the role of Constable Alan Stone.

Rialto distribution sales manager, Kevin Gordon said the general release opening night was “a stunning result”.

“We know Broken is a rewarding watch for audiences, who leave the film moved and uplifted.”

To reach No.1 at the box office against some strong international blockbuster competition is a phenomenal achievement, he said.

A KIWI-made film shot in Gisborne and Anaura Bay with mostly untrained actors has nudged heavyweight blockbusters aside to take the No.1 position overnight at the New Zealand box office.

City Impact Church pastor Tarry Mortlock’s film-making debut Broken had a sold-out premiere last week in Gisborne.

Inspired by Joy Cowley’s story Tarore and her Book, the movie takes revenge, thwarted by reconciliation, as its theme in a modern-day setting that involves feuding gangs and a father’s grief.

Waking this morning to news that Broken was the country’s No.1 box office hit was “absolutely a dream come true”, said Mortlock.

“To open the cinema doors and see this level of interest in our film is humbling and exciting for the team who poured everything we had into crafting Broken. The fact ordinary New Zealanders are flocking to see our film means so much to us.”

With the exception of Wayne Hapi, who plays Pouakai gang leader Cruz, the cast of Broken is made up of non-professional actors from Gisborne and the East Coast.

Among them is lead actor Josh Calles, a policeman based in Ruatoria, Campion College drama teacher Jol Sparks and pastor Lance Rickard, who took on the role of Constable Alan Stone.

Rialto distribution sales manager, Kevin Gordon said the general release opening night was “a stunning result”.

“We know Broken is a rewarding watch for audiences, who leave the film moved and uplifted.”

To reach No.1 at the box office against some strong international blockbuster competition is a phenomenal achievement, he said.

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