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The Last Head Hunter

A “Cubebrick Productions” FILM

The year is 1865. New Zealand is in the throes of the great Land Wars between the indigenous Maori and the British Settlers.

The Musket Wars had given the Maori experience in fighting with and defending against this new weapon, giving the rebel Maori confidence in taking on the combined British and New Zealand forces. But it had increased tribal divisions even more, making their stand a divided one.

It also brought about the trade of Mokomokai, the preserved Maori heads. Usually the heads of chiefs, people with Moko, or enemy chiefs kept as a trophy of war, were preserved, but it now became a quick way to acquire firearms.

The head for the Maori is the most sacred part of the body, it embodies one's ancestral links, providing a tangible link to the ancestors and to the start of creation.

By 1931, the Governor of New South Wales, sickened by the head hunter fever, issued a proclamation banning further trade in heads out of New Zealand.

But during the skirmishes between the two forces, a sacred but cursed head has disappeared from a prominent Maori tribe. This threatens to unite the Maori together as one and potentially over throw the British settlers, as they suspect them of looking to desecrate the Maori ancestral link and make a profit to international collectors.

It is in this situation the Crown must devise a plan. They must somehow infiltrate the Maori and find out what happened to the head before its too late.

Enter the great British explorer and spy, Richard Francis Burton: The Last Head Hunter...

Entrusted with a deadly mission with even more deadlier ramifications, Burton must call upon all his experience in cultural espionage, exploring through hostile, uncharted territory, and anthropological detective work.