NEW YORK – January 23, 2024 – The Sundance Now Original Series Far North is set to premiere with two episodes on Thursday, February 15 on Sundance Now and AMC+, with additional episodes dropping weekly on both platforms. The six-episode drama tells the (mostly) true story of how the most comically inept gang to ever join forces got half a billion dollars’ worth of meth to New Zealand shores – and nearly to market. And they would have got away with it too if it wasn’t for a pesky 70-year-old Māori diesel mechanic and his aqua-aerobics instructing wife…
Diesel mechanic Ed (Temuera Morrison, The Mandalorian, My Life Is Murder) and his aqua-aerobics instructor wife Heather (Robyn Malcolm, Blackbird, My Life Is Murder) lead a quiet life with their beloved dogs in the Far North. As a Tongan-Australian gang’s lucrative drug deal with a global cartel goes awry, they’re left stranded with 500kg of meth and a boatload of lies. They unwittingly involve the ordinary Kiwi couple Ed and Heather in their increasingly desperate pursuit of their ultimate payday. Amidst the absurdity, Ed and Heather have to navigate treacherous waters, hoping to both thwart the gang and survive the ludicrous ordeal.
Far North is a saga of screw-ups, as everyday people strive to foil an international drug cartel’s largest-ever drug deal in the Pacific; the cops’ trip themselves up; and gangsters chase a payday with zero discretion – leaving a trail of wreckage you can see from space.
Additional cast includes Fay Tofilau (Beyond the Veil) as Blaze, Mosa Alipate Latailakepa (Wellington Paranormal) as Thugga, Villa Junior Lemanu (Sharkdog) as Louie, Maaka Pohatu (Wellington Paranormal) as Stevie, John Paul (JP) Foliaki (Red, White & Brass) as Mack, Albert Mateni (Brutal Lives) as Gravel, Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi (Red, White & Brass) as Tall Guy, Fei Li (Island of Yesterday) as Cai, Dennis Zhang (Buzz Cut) as Sam, Xiao Hu (Hu Die Lan) as Jin, Xana Tang (Mulan) as Bi, Louise Jiang (Good Grief) as Ling, and Nikita Tu-Bryant (Avatar: The Way of Water) as Hui.
Far North, a Sundance Now Original Series, is written, directed and executive produced by David White (This Town, Meat). Kelly Martin and Sally Campbell also serve as executive producers. It’s produced by South Pacific Pictures and White Balance Pictures. All3Media handles the international distribution.
Episode 1 – Premieres Thursday, February 15 on Sundance Now and AMC+
Ordinary Kiwi couple Ed and Heather have no idea their lives are about to change when strangers arrive in the Far North. Meanwhile a ship sets out from Hong Kong, carrying precious cargo and a Tongan-Australian gang land in Aotearoa for a once in a lifetime drug deal.
Episode 2 – Premieres Thursday, February 15 on Sundance Now and AMC+
The stranded crew ration their remaining food and water carefully, while waiting to be rescued. Drug boss Cai arrives in New Zealand and the gang reach out to Ed for help.
Episode 3 – Premieres Thursday, February 22 on Sundance Now and AMC+
The gang’s attempt to launch a rescue mission ends in disaster, the stranded crew face more dangerous days ahead without any drinking water and Ed and Heather make a shocking discovery.
Episode 4 – Premieres Thursday, February 29 on Sundance Now and AMC+
Ed and Heather collect evidence of the gang’s suspicious activity, tensions rise between the gang and the Chinese and Captain Jin makes a grim deal with Cai.
Episode 5 – Premieres Thursday, March 7 on Sundance Now and AMC+
The rescue boat finally launches successfully with much needed fresh water for the dying crew, the gang bring in the laundry and Ed and Heather do what they can to derail the drug deal.
Episode 6 – Premieres Thursday, March 14 on Sundance Now and AMC+
Ed and Heather confront the cops, the gang check-in to a campground to lie low and Captain Jin and her crew face a devastating loss.
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