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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.


Alastair Riddell


Vanessa Riddell (as Vanessa Cohen-Riddell)





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 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


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


Early in the movie Billy is hitch-hiking. He exits a car on a rural road that has road markings down the center and on the sides. In the next shot the road markings have completely disappeared. The likelihood of any road markings on a rural New Zealand road in the 1960s is very remote. See more »


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


Mairi's Wedding
Written by John Roderick Bannerman
Performed by Liam Fennell
(public domain)
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What a treat!!!
25 March 2017 | by wilsonj-19687See all my reviews

Beautiful to watch, with a story I can't stop thinking about. A great cast that did justice to strong and memorable characters. All the 1960s cars and costumes were so perfect (what a stylish era). I love the way the film looks so beautiful but the farm is full of dark secrets. Billy, the main guy, is adorable but the family he gets involved with has got some serious problems. I would have liked more big countryside scenes but I guess they didn't have the money for it - I read it is an independent film. I enjoyed the brooding story about family feuds and the struggle with being gay in 1960 combined with the ever present small town gossip and society expectations - what a toxic mix. Overall - definitely a good New Zealand film that I would watch again.

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