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CivicChessMan
28-08-2011, 09:32 PM
Posted by Ross Jackson on www.newzealandchess.com

I'm extremely sad to advise the death of Genesis Potini. I'm informed Genesis died of a heart attack, aged 46. Genesis founded the Eastern Knights Chess Club, in Gisborne, the story of which was powerfully presented in the award-winning 2003 documentary "Dark Horse." Genesis' achievements in promoting the educational benefits of chess, particularly for a poor community, were phenomenal. Messages may be left at http://www.amemorytree.co.nz/remembrance.php?personid=174782

See Genesis' thoughts on the benefits of chess in education at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qm-5Qj4xLs.

Capablanca-Fan
30-08-2011, 01:06 AM
Posted by Ross Jackson on www.newzealandchess.com

I'm extremely sad to advise the death of Genesis Potini. I'm informed Genesis died of a heart attack, aged 46. Genesis founded the Eastern Knights Chess Club, in Gisborne, the story of which was powerfully presented in the award-winning 2003 documentary "Dark Horse." Genesis' achievements in promoting the educational benefits of chess, particularly for a poor community, were phenomenal. Messages may be left at http://www.amemorytree.co.nz/remembrance.php?personid=174782
Done. That's a sad loss for NZ chess, for sure. I never played him, largely because he was in Gisborne, but certainly knew him.


See Genesis' thoughts on the benefits of chess in education at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qm-5Qj4xLs.
Evidently he did a great deal for chess in his area.

Tony Dowden
30-08-2011, 08:14 AM
Posted by Ross Jackson on www.newzealandchess.com

I'm extremely sad to advise the death of Genesis Potini. I'm informed Genesis died of a heart attack, aged 46. Genesis founded the Eastern Knights Chess Club, in Gisborne, the story of which was powerfully presented in the award-winning 2003 documentary "Dark Horse." Genesis' achievements in promoting the educational benefits of chess, particularly for a poor community, were phenomenal. Messages may be left at http://www.amemorytree.co.nz/remembrance.php?personid=174782

See Genesis' thoughts on the benefits of chess in education at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qm-5Qj4xLs.

Sad news indeed. Genesis was a wonderfully warm and enthusiatic chess personality and especially good at encouraging youngsters. I first met him as an irrepressible little kid at some event (somewhere in the North Island, maybe Wanganui??) and then several years later he was all grown up but just as irreperessible! RIP.

LNah
21-06-2014, 11:51 AM
Death of the "Dark Horse" Star - Genesis Potini (1965 - 2011) (http://kiwichess.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/death-of-dark-horse-star-genesis-potini.html)

A second video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc2ckdOLb0g) was posted in youtube on Sep 2011 to the same account as the vid Ross Jackson linked to above.

LNah
21-06-2014, 12:36 PM
The Dark Horse will have its world premiere at the opening night of 2014 NZ International Film Festival. It opens the festival in Auckland on 17 July at the Civic Theatre (http://www.nziff.co.nz/2014/auckland/the-dark-horse/) + Wellington on 25 July at the Embassy Theatre (http://www.nziff.co.nz/2014/wellington/the-dark-horse/).

The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand Hero and Chess champion – Genesis Potini. The film stars Cliff Curtis (Once were Warriors, Whale Rider) and James Rolleston (Boy).

Gisborne premiere on 26 July will be attended by actors Curtis (also executive producer of the film) and James Rolleston (Boy), and filmmaker Jim Marbrook, whose original 2002 documentary, Dark Horse, got the entire project started.

According to Flicks website, it is opening at at cinemas at 31 July 2014 (http://www.flicks.co.nz/movie/the-dark-horse/)

Links (Source of info above):

Official trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVLvsxyoHQ0) (youtube), website (http://www.thedarkhorsefilm.com/) + facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thedarkhorsemovie)
Website (http://www.4knightsfilm.com/genesis.html) by 4knightsfilm
NZ Film Commission press release (http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1304/S00345/new-film-starring-cliff-curtis-and-boy-actor.htm) 18 April 2013
Dark Horse rides again (http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=37372). Kristine Walsh, The Gisborne Herald 12 June 2014.
IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2192016/) + Flicks.co.nz (http://www.flicks.co.nz/movie/the-dark-horse/)
NZIFF announcement (http://www.nziff.co.nz/2014/auckland/the-dark-horse-to-open-nziff-in-auckland/) on 12 June which has been rehashed in several other NZ publications like NZ Herald (http://nzh.tw/11271983)

Capablanca-Fan
21-06-2014, 01:07 PM
↑↑ Excellent!

Adamski
21-06-2014, 06:17 PM
Indeed. I hope to watch this one day.

LNah
24-06-2014, 05:46 PM
The Auckland NZIFF 2014 opening night is during the week of North Island Champs. So who is going to the opening night AND North Island Champs?

LNah
05-07-2014, 05:35 PM
Apparently there was someone filming footage for "The Making of Dark Horse" while The Dark Horse was being produced. Anyway here's a 2 min clip of Cliff Curtis working hard on his chess game with Ewen Green (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1509716749243545) at the Auckland Chess Centre.

Qbert
31-07-2014, 11:06 AM
Having seen the film this week - I really recommend it. Good story, great acting, well shot. The chess bits aren't too noticeably doctored for a more general audience (using a knockout format for dramatic effect was the main one).
Well done to those responsible.
:clap::clap::clap:
*****

GinoTHEstud
31-07-2014, 08:25 PM
Apparently there was someone filming footage for "The Making of Dark Horse" while The Dark Horse was being produced. Anyway here's a 2 min clip of Cliff Curtis working hard on his chess game with Ewen Green (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1509716749243545) at the Auckland Chess Centre.

where is the link?

never mind

Craig_Hall
01-08-2014, 03:49 PM
It was a good movie - quite dark, though.

CivicChessMan
01-08-2014, 10:03 PM
Although it's early days yet, "The Dark Horse" has a rating of 8.7 on IMDB!

Patrick Byrom
07-11-2014, 02:42 PM
The movie has now been released in Australia:

Think Tank Communications is a marketing and publicity company based in Brisbane, and at the moment we are handling the Queensland release of THE DARK HORSE which releases 20 November from Transmission Films. THE DARK HORSE is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little known New Zealand Hero and Chess champion - Genesis Potini (Gen).

Patrick Byrom
10-11-2014, 01:03 PM
The movie has now been released in Australia:

Think Tank Communications is a marketing and publicity company based in Brisbane, and at the moment we are handling the Queensland release of THE DARK HORSE which releases 20 November from Transmission Films. THE DARK HORSE is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little known New Zealand Hero and Chess champion - Genesis Potini (Gen).

Ten double passes are available here (http://thedarkhorsepreviewscreeningcaqpromo.eventbrite.co m.au/). The preview screening is on November 11, at 6.30pm, at Event Cinemas in Indooroopilly.

Adamski
10-11-2014, 04:24 PM
Indeed. I hope to watch this one day.It has also been offered free to NSWCA members. I am going on Wednesday night. Hope to see some chess chatters there.

Adamski
12-11-2014, 08:00 PM
Saw The Dark Horse tonight. Good movie. He helped many Maori kids in chess and life despite his mental illness. Recommend for NZ and Aus chess players.. More chess in it than any other movie I have seen including Searching for Bobby Fischer. Also realistic about Maori East Coast (North Island) poverty and culture. Confronting at times bit also positive true story.

Adamski
12-11-2014, 08:39 PM
The Dark Horse starts showing at theatres throughout NSW next week. BTW there is a nice smothered mate in the movie.

FM_Bill
14-11-2014, 10:38 AM
I saw and enjoyed 'The Dark Horse' last night. The film captures emotions very well.

The chess in the film was quite realistic (unlike in some films), so it was well researched. One minor error: c4 is the Italian square, b5 is the Spanish square, the film had it the other way round.

Audience members were laughing in the chess tournament scenes, perhaps unaware the film was like a real kids tournament.

Ian Rout
14-11-2014, 03:51 PM
I've heard from non-chess sources that this was good, though I'll probably wait until I can view it in the comfort of my lounge room.

It would be interesting to hear from NZ people whether, apart from the chess, the story itself is accurately told.

Adamski
17-11-2014, 03:07 PM
I've heard from non-chess sources that this was good, though I'll probably wait until I can view it in the comfort of my lounge room.

It would be interesting to hear from NZ people whether, apart from the chess, the story itself is accurately told.

From what I have read about Genesis Potini, the story was fairly accurately told. As mentioned by Bill J, the knock-out format for the NZ Junior tournament was not authentic (though it made for a more exciting movie), but most other things did seem to be. It said at the start "based on a true story" which was totally reasonable.

MichaelBaron
20-11-2014, 09:20 AM
From what I have read about Genesis Potini, the story was fairly accurately told. As mentioned by Bill J, the knock-out format for the NZ Junior tournament was not authentic (though it made for a more exciting movie), but most other things did seem to be. It said at the start "based on a true story" which was totally reasonable.

It is not a documentary so even if based on true story, there is always a chance for the authors to try to make it more ''exciting''.
This is not kind of movie that I like, but I am pleased that there are movies made featuring chess.

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2014, 10:49 AM
Thanks to AC for noticing a review in the print edition of the SMH. Here's a link to that review:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/the-dark-horse-review-triumphant-game-of-life-and-death-20141118-11ov46.html

Patrick Byrom
21-11-2014, 12:14 PM
Thanks to AC for noticing a review in the print edition of the SMH. Here's a link to that review:
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/the-dark-horse-review-triumphant-game-of-life-and-death-20141118-11ov46.html
It also had a good review on the ABC's Movie Show: 4 & 3.5 (-0.5 from David for the shaky camera).

Adamski
21-11-2014, 01:09 PM
Thanks to AC for noticing a review in the print edition of the SMH. Here's a link to that review:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/the-dark-horse-review-triumphant-game-of-life-and-death-20141118-11ov46.html

Thanks, AC and KB, from me too. A good review. I reiterate: see it if you get the chance. There is more chess in this movie than any other I have seen.

george
24-12-2014, 06:37 AM
Hi All,
Saw the film Dark Knight yesterday - a very impressive film on many levels. Reminded me of northern India in many ways - going back in February. Will recomend this film to others! My wife surprised me as I thought we were going to see The Water Diviner - nice surprise:).

LNah
27-07-2015, 11:21 PM
Articles posted on Chessbase site by Desmond Rooplal:

Part 1: The Dark Horse: A Tribute to the unsuspecting hero (http://en.chessbase.com/post/a-tribute-to-the-unsuspecting-hero) on 16 July 2015.

Part 2: Genesis Potini – Kia ora tautini tonu te kingi! (http://en.chessbase.com/post/genesis-potini-kia-ora-tautini-tonu-te-kingi). (5 September 1963 – 15 August 2011) on 27 July 2015.

CivicChessMan
28-07-2015, 07:25 AM
Saw the film Dark Knight yesterdayGenesis would have enjoyed being in a Batman movie. :cool:

Adamski
28-07-2015, 08:30 AM
Article posted on Chessbase site: Genesis Potini – Kia ora tautini tonu te kingi! (http://en.chessbase.com/post/genesis-potini-kia-ora-tautini-tonu-te-kingi). Genesis Potini (5 September 1963 – 15 August 2011) By Desmond Rooplal. 27 July 2015.Great read. Author South African chess player. Look forward to Part 2. BTW the film has now won 20 awards.

LNah
28-07-2015, 04:41 PM
Great read. Author South African chess player. Look forward to Part 2. BTW the film has now won 20 awards.
That was part 2. Part 1: The Dark Horse: A Tribute to the unsuspecting hero (http://en.chessbase.com/post/a-tribute-to-the-unsuspecting-hero) By Desmond Rooplal on 16 July 2015.

I just edited my post above to include the 16 July article.

Capablanca-Fan
29-11-2015, 05:36 AM
I just managed to find it. A very good movie, for sure. Genesis Potini did so much for those kids despite very noticeable mental health problems and the gang culture around him. Cliff Curtis and the movie as a whole deserved their accolades.

Rather unbelievable how the final for the NZ Junior went this way, with his protégé dropping two pieces for nothing then managing to win. How, we are not told. Real leading Kiwi juniors just can't be given odds of one piece let alone two:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nxe5?? Nxe5 5.d4?? Nxc4 6.0-0 Bb4 {misplaced but anything wins, really. White apparently won anyway.}.

Craig_Hall
29-11-2015, 12:14 PM
The tournament was a knock out as well, which is an unusual format in NZ chess.

MichaelBaron
29-11-2015, 01:05 PM
Watched it...to be frank...not a kind of movie I love watching...but good for chess promotions i guess!~

billkerr
23-11-2016, 08:57 PM
NITV Thursday 24th November @ 9:30pm
By all accounts an inspirational movie about chess and the disadvantaged / underprivileged, in this case Maoris
Very positive reviews on line and also entries include YouTube videos if you search for Genesis Potini

ChrisBurns
02-01-2017, 04:36 AM
For all the cheap skates like me out there that have not seen the movie, good news is that it will be on TV 1 this Wednesday 4 Jan at 9:10 pm.