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1h 50m Comedy, Drama 2023

A moving and heartwarming story about connection and finding your place in the world, set around 17-year-old Josh Waaka, played by Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

Set in Dunedin in 1981, a rugby-obsessed country is divided over the arrival of the South African Springboks team, sparking nationwide protests. 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.

“Funny, poignant and emotional, this thoroughly entertaining ‘80s-set dramedy deserves to be seen by Kiwis of all ages.” ~James Croot, Stuff

“It’s an engaging and affecting story of confusion, anger, bravery, and rebellion, but also of love, freedom, and joy.” ~Common Sense Media, Kat Halstead

“A sympathetic plea for the right to protest against institutional racism, but it’s also very funny and peopled with likable actors playing likable characters.” ~Eddie Harrison,


Hamish Bennett


Paul Middleditch


English, Maori


New Zealand


Madman, Kismet

Bonus Content

Uproar - Behind the Scenes


Behind the scenes of Uproar

Interview - Directors


An interview with the directors of Uproar

Interview - Erana James


An interview with Erana James.

Interview - James Rolleston


An interview with James Rolleston.

Interview - Julian Dennison


An interview with Julian Dennison.

Interview - Rhys Darby


An interview with Rhys Darby.

Interview - Minnie Driver


An interview with Minnie Driver.

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