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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Watch the trailer for Princess Kaiulani featuring Tamzin Merchant in theaters May 14th!

Check out the movie poster (click the image to your left...click it to enlarge! source: Princess Kaiulani - Official Website) and official trailer (which Tamzin Merchant appears briefly...see embedded trailer below!) of Roadside Attractions' Princess Kaiulani starring  Q'orianka Kilcher, Shaun Evans, Julian Glover, , Will Patton, and Barry Pepper. In theaters (limited) May 14, 2010.

Plot: The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

Check out an only official promotional/movie still of...

Tamzin Merchant as Alice Davies  

More about Princess Kaiulani including an official trailer you can watch...after the cut!

Watch the official trailer

Story
Set against the dramatic island backdrop of Hawaii and based on the inspiring true story, "Princess Kaiulani" is a breathtaking romance about an unlikely heroine and her unwavering fight to defend the independence of her people.

In 1888, Hawaii was a paradise teetering on the brink of civil unrest. The tide had turned against the long-incumbent royal family, under the malevolent influence of a rebel party with links to the American government. Within months, the Palace was overthrown, and the royals exiled.

Among them was the beautiful Princess Kaiulani. Scarcely 13 years old, she was separated from her family and her homeland and for her own safety, sent to a climate and a country that couldn't be more different from Hawaii - Victorian England.

Coming to terms with her fate, Kaiulani underwent a harsh and testing education that equipped her with a sense of honor, duty and pride. What's more, she fell in love, with the spirited and rebellious young Englishman, Clive Davies.

Emerging from her childhood, and inspired by her blossoming romance, Kaiulani realized she had to bring an end to the injustices suffered by her people and set to sail for America, to meet President Grover Cleveland, to prove that she and her people were not the "barbarians" portrayed by the American press.

Princess Kaiulani combines the profound natural beauty of Hawaii with the sweeping romance of a classic Merchant Ivory epic.
Also more info below...
  • This film won (as well as tied with two-time Academy Award winner Precious) an Audience Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2009.
  • It screened at European Film Market (Germany), American Film Market, and Hawaiian Film Festivals last year. 
  • Princess Kaiulani - Official Website
  • For more info, Follow the movie on Twitter and Facebook!
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