The Luminaries: Season 1

The Luminaries: Season 1

The Luminaries: Season 1

Golden Globe nominee Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) and Himesh Patel (Yesterday) star in this adaptation of author Eleanor Catton's Man-Booker prize-winning novel about love, murder and revenge in the wild West Coast of 19th-century New Zealand.

The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson, Robin Hood), who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life. There she meets the radiant Emery Staines (Patel), an encounter that triggers a strange kind of magic that neither can explain. As they fall in love, driven together and apart by fateful coincidence, these star-crossed lovers begin to wonder: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us?

All six episodes are directed by Claire McCarthy, best known for Ophelia and a segment of 2013's The Turning.

2020Rating: 16UK, New ZealandTVNZ, BBC
AdventureDramaHistorical
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Reviews & comments

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

But even with my moments of befuddlement and discombobulation I enjoyed the show.It's rare to see new world New Zealand presented in such a lush, lavish and obviously expensive way. The acting across the board is superb and even though it's on TV, it's hugely cinematic.So you bet I'll be tuning in again this Sunday night. A dummy like me couldn't get through the book so having The Luminaries on the telly really is fool's gold.

The Spinoff

The Spinoff

press

There’s good acting, not just from two extremely beautiful women. Great settings, even if not enough was spent on lighting. And let’s face it, in literature violent delights often have violent ends. And it was filmed here. What’s not to like?

Stuff

Stuff

press

With its colourful characters, well-realised world and intriguing mysteries, this Luminaries looks well set to light up New Zealand’s cold covid-19 shadowed winter nights and win Catton’s story a whole new army of admirers.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

As a visual package, it sits well with The Piano and The Lord Of the Rings as the top three reasons to visit New Zealand the minute this global pandemic is over. The Luminaries is sheer optical escapism, clad in period settings which, like the gold which drifts from the pink dress worn by its heroine (Eve Hewson) in the arresting opening episode, dazzle and seduce. Once the dust has settled, however, Catton’s story can be harder to fall in love with than its alluring setting.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

But even with my moments of befuddlement and discombobulation I enjoyed the show.It's rare to see new world New Zealand presented in such a lush, lavish and obviously expensive way. The acting across the board is superb and even though it's on TV, it's hugely cinematic.So you bet I'll be tuning in again this Sunday night. A dummy like me couldn't get through the book so having The Luminaries on the telly really is fool's gold.

The Spinoff

The Spinoff

press

There’s good acting, not just from two extremely beautiful women. Great settings, even if not enough was spent on lighting. And let’s face it, in literature violent delights often have violent ends. And it was filmed here. What’s not to like?

Stuff

Stuff

press

With its colourful characters, well-realised world and intriguing mysteries, this Luminaries looks well set to light up New Zealand’s cold covid-19 shadowed winter nights and win Catton’s story a whole new army of admirers.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

As a visual package, it sits well with The Piano and The Lord Of the Rings as the top three reasons to visit New Zealand the minute this global pandemic is over. The Luminaries is sheer optical escapism, clad in period settings which, like the gold which drifts from the pink dress worn by its heroine (Eve Hewson) in the arresting opening episode, dazzle and seduce. Once the dust has settled, however, Catton’s story can be harder to fall in love with than its alluring setting.

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