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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

Country: New Zealand

Genre: Adventure



A young boy in 14th century Cumbria (north of England) keeps getting visions he cannot explain. His village has so far been spared from the black death, but the villagers fear its imminent arrival. With the boy as their guide, a group set out to dig a hole to the other side of the world, so as to fulfil the visions and save the village. At the 'other side' is 20th century New Zealand !.. N.B. Flips from B+W to colour frequently.


  • For his role in this film, Hamish McFarlane won the award for Best Male Peformance at the 1989 New Zealand Film and TV Awards.


Picture for The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey


  • Bruce Lyons
  • Chris Haywood
  • Hamish McFarlane
  • Marshall Napier
  • Noel Appleby

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Every time I've watched this film, I've liked it more.

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This is a very ambitious film, and at times the plot is hard to follow, but it's definitely worth experiencing. Great performance from Hamish in a tough role.

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Aptly named 'an Odyssey'. The movie is like watching a dream.

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A film set in Cumbria, in the UK, in the 14th century, made by a film company from New Zealand, and starring a cast from New Zealand. A fantastic film, which I probably would have missed had I not mistaken it at the cinema for the film starring Joey Cramer (who, incidentally is for some reason referred to as "fat" (?) in one of the reviews above by someone who thought others would make the same mistake).

Quite apart from the superb Scots-border accents, the film is a captivating concept which I think would appeal to the dreamer and explorer in most of us. I managed to find plenty of reviews, but no screen shots, as yet, and I've yet to scour the credits to see where it was filmed

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