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West of Eden (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 9 March 2017 (New Zealand)
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The affluent farmer's son is everything Billy desires. The farm is everything the head drover wants. A story of forbidden love, revenge and a family torn apart, inspired by true events.

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Alastair Riddell

Writer:

Vanessa Riddell (as Vanessa Cohen-Riddell)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kieran Foster Kieran Foster ... Billy Williams
Luke Thompson Luke Thompson ... Tom Henshaw
Peter Hansen Peter Hansen ... Danny Birch (as Pete Hansen)
Vanessa Riddell ... Eva Henshaw
Peter Ford ... Frank Henshaw
Liam Fennell ... Eddie Henshaw
Brighde Riddell Brighde Riddell ... Tess Henshaw
Sarah James ... Ruth Henshaw
Adam Coleman Adam Coleman ... Nathan Williams
Flynn Steward ... Finn
Abigail Coleman Abigail Coleman ... Aroha Williams
Phil Adams Phil Adams ... Older Billy (as Philip Adams)
Rob Kipa-Williams ... Joe Williams
James Wells ... Rob
Jordan Blaikie Jordan Blaikie ... Pete
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Storyline

Billy is already experiencing the ugly side of people's fear and prejudice. He resolves, for the sake of his family, to leave his home town and go somewhere where he is unknown; where he can re-invent himself. Billy decides to take a job on a large farm far away; the most prestigious in its district. He hopes it will be a fresh start. In a twist of irony and as fate would have it, he immediately encounters the very thing he has tried to leave behind; he meets Tom the farmers son. Tom is beautiful and fearless, with the arrogance of privilege and youth. The tension is further under-pinned by the social repression and isolation of rural New Zealand in 1960. A tinder-box of deceit and malice emerges as Billy discovers that he is not the only one fighting his desires and hiding his demons.

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A few want power to control. Two need freedom to love.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2017 (New Zealand) See more »

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Trivia

At the wedding reception, Oscar Wilde is quoted, but a couple of words are missing or are unintelligible. The correct quote is: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." See more »

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One of the times where Vanessa Riddell is credited for writing the screenplay, the credit reads "original sreenplay," with the "c" missing from "screen." See more »

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References The Last of the Mohicans (1936) See more »

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Sexy leads and a top story!
9 March 2017 | by ashleypixiharrisSee all my reviews

I fell in love with Billy, he is so cute! I wanted to take him home. A great story full of twists and turns. The film is full of beautiful New Zealand countryside. The hair and makeup and clothes make me wish I was living in 1960. Sexy cars, even a train, and the men all wearing hats, just so cool. I was so caught up in the characters and the story that the next day I could not stop thinking about what became of them all. I love the song in the kitchen scene, so much a song of the time. I wish we could have seen a bit more smooching between Billy and Tom but I am still excited to see a film made about the struggle gay men had back then, it makes you think about how hard it was for anyone who did not fit in. This is New Zealand's Brokeback Mountain - the story is totally different but the stand for equal rights that the filmmakers make is the same.


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