Julian Dennison and James Rolleston star in empowering kiwi film 'Uproar'

Julian Dennison and James Rolleston star in empowering kiwi film 'Uproar'

The movie is set in 1981 during the South African Springbok tour
16 August 2023 7:50AM

Grown up Ricky Baker and Boy will be sharing the big screen in this new blockbuster movie called 'Uproar'.

Along with Julian Dennison and James Rollestion, Rhys Darby, Erana James, Academy Award Nominee Minnie Driver and newcomer Jada Fa'atui are starring in this feature film.

'Uproar' is set in 1981, the time when the country was divided over the the South African rugby tour. 

The story focuses on the life of 17-year-old Josh Waaka (played by Dennison) who gets in a journey of connecting to his whakapa and embrace his Māori heritage. 

"Uproar is a moving and heartwarming story about connection and finding your place in the world. It is the story of 17-year-old Josh Waaka (Dennison). Set in Dunedin in 1981, a rugby-obsessed country is divided over the arrival of the South African Springboks team, sparking nationwide protests," NZ Film Commision wrote on their website.

"Under pressure from home and school to conform, Josh, who has never felt like he fits in anywhere, is inspired by the protests and by a newfound passion for performing to find his own voice. A sequence of events sees Josh embrace his community and his whakapapa Māori, taking him and his whānau on a journey towards healing," they added. 

James Rolleston plays Josh's big brother Jamie in this movie, making this moment a full circle.

"It's funny how things kind of come back around. When I saw Julian on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I always thought it would be awesome to act with this young man," James said.

 "Both working our first jobs with Taika Waititi and now to be acting as siblings together on this film, is pretty cool, I think! Working with him for the first time and seeing another young Māori man doing his thing is awesome," he added.

The movie is set to release nationwide on October 5 this year.