The Stolen

Synopsis: Charlotte Lockton, a wealthy, upper class, English immigrant, chooses to forgo all of her home luxuries to find her kidnapped baby son. She navigates her way through the unruly and wild world of the gold rush in 1860's New Zealand, finding unlikely friendship amongst the hustlers, whores, Maori Warriors and Chinese Miners. But in the end, she must face the man who took the boy - and become the woman she never thought she'd be.
Director(s): Niall Johnson
Production: Cork Films
98 min


Last night I dreamt

I could shoot like you.

That's why we're here.

It's a good skill

to have.

It's just so heavy.


They're making them

lighter now.

I'll get one for you.


Squeeze the trigger.

Just squeeze it,


I am.

You're going to have to

squeeze it harder.

But I'm squeezing it.

Ooh! Whoo!

I pulled the trigger

at least.

You're aiming for the tins.

You really need to be prepared

for life out here, darling.

I am prepared.

I pulled the trigger.

Oh, Betty.

I hate guns.

A nice sweet tea,


Yes, thank you.

Thank you. Betty!

When a lady perspires,

she uses her handkerchief.

Thank you, ma'am.

So, he says, "Why wasn't Jesus

born in New Zealand?"

And the other chap says,

"Because they couldn't find

three wise men and a virgin."


So, Charlotte,

how are you settling in?

She's doing superbly.

I know it'll take time.

It's a beautiful island,

but it's just...


- Oxfordshire, yes?

- But born in London.

Oh, dear, that place

would spoil anyone.

My wife knows how much

this farm means to me.

It's been a long time coming.

And a dream

come true.

Well, my husband

can talk me into anything.

You'll get used to it

soon enough.

Aye, move on, we did.

When I saw my first weta bug,

I thought it was a cat.

- What's a weta bug?

- -Not to mention the natives.

Who are not

as frightening

as they look.

No, but if they look like

the type that could eat you,

then more than likely, they are.

Oh, George, please.


Charlotte needn't worry.

I mean, look at her.

Not nearly enough meat

on her bones.

- And how far along are you?

- Uh...


Will the grounds be finished

before the baby's born?

That's the plan.

So, it will just be

the three of us.

No more farmhands.

Hello, you beautiful baby.

Could you please

just stay in there

for a wee while longer?

All nice and warm.

Until we get the roof on?

And then the house is all yours.

How about that?

Oh. Oh!


Whoo! David!

Oh! Oh, David!




-Oh! Oh.

Drop your gun!

Back over there!

David, don't!


just stay calm.


Please, move over there.

P-Please, don't hurt my son.

Back over there.

Arthur, darling.

Now, the safe.

We don't have a safe.

- All right,

just please...


Why are you doing this?


After I helped you.

Everything in it.

I gave you work

when you needed it.


That is everything.

A roof over your head.

Food from our stove!

Shut your mouth now.

Back to bed!


If either of you

leave this room,

your boy is for the worms.

Am I understood?




And you say he worked for you?

Why do you keep asking

the same questions?

This is madness.

My husband would

take in strays.

He always said he was

willing to help anyone

who would work

an honest day,

so yes.

He knew him.

They all knew him.

Will you find my son?

Well, it's a, uh...

It's a lot of land to cover,

Mrs. Lockton.

We'll do our best.

If my husband knew him, then

you must have known him too.

I've seen how you've befriended

each and every one of them

that came through.

Ma'am, I didn't.

I swear.

They were your friends.

I was only being welcoming like

Mr. Lockton would have wanted.

-Tell me who it was.


Look at me!

Tell me who it was!

I don't know who it was.

-I didn't seem 'im up close.


Then pack your bags! Now!

Ma'am, please!

Ma'am, it's been three months.

And we're sorry,

Mrs. Lockton.

We've looked

high and low.

We've combed

the entire district.

My advice...

is it's...

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Niall Johnson

Niall Johnson (born in 1964) is an English screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his 2005 comedy film Keeping Mum. more…

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