The Dead Lands


Tell the Dead I’m Coming

Episode 1
January 23, 2020 (Shudder/TVNZ On Demand)
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger

Waka, a murdered Māori warrior returned from the Afterlife, and Mehe, a determined young woman, embark on a quest to find who “broke the world” and how to close the breach between the living and the dead.

Waka is sent back from the Afterlife to find honor and redemption.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Darneen Christian as Mehe, Wayne Hapi as Motu, Vicky Haughton as Turika, Grace Palmer as Iringana, Bree Peters as Mārama, Miriama Smith as Te Paea, Richard Te Are as Tūī, Kirk Torrance as Kā, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Waka, Calvin Tuteao as Ihi, Jordi Webber as Rangi,

The Sins of the Father

Episode 2
January 23, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger

Waka and Mehe travel to her Uncle's land, where Mehe discovers her uncle's terrible secret.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Darneen Christian as Mehe, Te Rama Durie as Guard, Wayne Hapi as Motu, Vicky Haughton as Turika, Rawiri Jobe as Shaman's Warrior, Jay Kiriona as Hipi, Grace Palmer as Iringana, Aroha Rawson as Māhia, Richard Te Are as Tūī, Kirk Torrance as Kā, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Waka, Calvin Tuteao as Shaman, Jordi Webber as Rangi, Niwa Whatuira as Tāne

The Kingdom at the Edge of the World

Episode 3
January 30, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger

Waka and Mehe go in search of the boy who knows who broke the world.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Krystal-Lee Brown as Raepoto, Darneen Christian as Mehe, Kawakawa Fox-Reo as Uri, Vicky Haughton as Turika, Xavier Horan as Te Hau, Kali Kopae as Hine, Rob Mokaraka as Hako, Grace Palmer as Iringana, Briar Rose as Wana, Miriama Smith as Te Paea, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Waka, Calvin Tuteao as Shaman/Ihi

The Exorcism of the Boy

Episode 4
February 06, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger

Mehe and Waka bring the boy to the Witches who exorcise him of the evil spirit and discover the name of the one who broke the world.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Krystal-Lee Brown as Raepoto, Darneen Christian as Mehe, Kawakawa Fox-Reo as Uri, Vicky Haughton as Turika, Xavier Horan as Te Hau, Kali Kopae as Hine, Bree Peters as Mārama, Briar Rose as Wana, Kirk Torrance as Kā, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Waka, Calvin Tuteao as Ihi

Generational Warfare

Episode 5
February 13, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by Michael Hurst

Mehe and Waka return to her tribe in the caves to tell them what they've discovered, only to find the Dead have found a way into the hidden cave complex.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Darneen Christian as Mehe, Kawakawa Fox-Reo as Uri, Vicky Haughton as Turika, Kali Kopae as Hine, Te Wairere McKay as Inia, Grace Palmer as Iringana, Miriama Smith as Te Paea, Richard Te Are as Tūī, Kirk Torrance as Kā, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Waka, Calvin Tuteao as Shaman, Jordi Webber as Rangi, Niwa Whatuira as Tāne

A Question of Identity

Episode 6
February 20, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by Michael Hurst

Mehe and Waka search for Waka's father, Te Kaipō, a powerful Shaman responsible for breaking the world.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Tai Bennett as Young Waka, Tumanako Cassidy as Fifth Boy, Darneen Christian as Mehe, Joe Dekkers-Reihana as Kahi, Vicky Haughton as Turika, Nathaniel Lees as Te Kaipō, Rob Mokaraka as Hako, Tumohio Newman as Biggest Boy, Grace Palmer as Iringana, Miriama Smith as Te Paea, Leonidas Swainson as Terrified Boy, Micah Tairea as Second Boy, Kirk Torrance as Kā, Te Kohe Tuhaka as Waka, Maria Walker as Hinengana, Jordi Webber as Rangi

Broken Promises

Episode 7
February 27, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by

Waka helps the Shaman by entering a battle with 3 dead warriors as Mehe delves deeper into the occult secrets.

Cast (in alphabetical order):

The Sacrifice of Innocence

Episode 8
March 05, 2020
Written by Glenn Standring
Directed by

The hubris of The Great Shaman Te Kaipo's occult experiments become apparent.

Cast (in alphabetical order):