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The story of Princess Kaiulani

Release Date: May 14, 2010

The movie "Princess Kaiulani" is set against the dramatic island backdrop of Hawaii and based on the inspiring true story, Princess Kaiulani is a breathtaking romance about an unlikely heroine and her unwavering fight to defend the independence of her people.

In 1888, Hawaii was a paradise teetering on the brink of civil unrest. The tide had turned against the long-incumbent royal family, under the malevolent influence of a rebel party with links to the American government. Within months, the Palace was overthrown, and the royals exiled.

Princess Kaiulani movieAmong them was the beautiful Princess Kaiulani. Scarcely 13 years old, she was separated from her family and her homeland and for her own safety, sent to a climate and a country that couldn't be more different from Hawaii - Victorian England.

Coming to terms with her fate, Kaiulani underwent a harsh and testing education that equipped her with a sense of honor, duty and pride. What's more, she fell in love, with the spirited and rebellious young Englishman, Clive Davies.

Emerging from her childhood, and inspired by her blossoming romance, Kaiulani realized she had to bring an end to the injustices suffered by her people and set to sail for America, to meet President Grover Cleveland, to prove that she and her people were not the "barbarians" portrayed by the American press.

Princess Kaiulani combines the profound natural beauty of Hawaii with the sweeping romance of a classic Merchant Ivory epic.

Princess Kaiulani Movie: The Production

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An Introduction to "Princess Kaiulani" movie

After many years of research and planning, principal photography commenced on Princess Kaiulani March 2008 on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii. This powerful, yet largely forgotten tale of a half-Hawaiian, half-Scottish princess was a labor of love for writer and director Marc Forby and the captivating story of Princess Kaiulani will soon be brought to international audiences. "It's the great untold American story and it's time for the Hawaiians to have the truth told about how their nation came to an end," explains Forby.

Princess Kaiulani is the inspiring true story of the Hawaiian princess who was forced to flee her homeland for Victorian England as the kingdom she was to inherit faced civil unrest. Actress Q'orianka Kilcher secured the title role of Princess Kaiulani after the production auditioned over 60 candidates in Los Angeles for the adult Kaiulani role. Kilcher had previously portrayed Pocahontas in the The New World, opposite Colin Farrell. Kilcher's origins are part Huachipaeri and Quechua Indian on her father's Peruvian side and she was born in Germany to a Swiss mother but lived in Hawaii until she was 10 years old. Kilcher recently said she believes she was cast as Kaiulani as much for her activism as her acting. Kilcher stars in Princess Kaiulani alongside Barry Pepper (Flags of Our Fathers, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan), Will Patton (A Mighty Heart, Armageddon) and Shaun Evans (Being Julia, Cashback).

Following principal photography in Hawaii, the final leg of filming was completed on location in England at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The filmmaking team includes award-winning cinematographer, Gabriel Beristain (Street Kings, The Green Mile, The Night Watchman), production designer, Steven Lawrence (Casino Royale, Titanic) and Academy award-winning composer, Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love).

Produced by the UK's Matador Pictures, Hawaii-based Island Film Group, and Trailblazer Films. Producers are Matador's Nigel Thomas (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and Lauri Apelian, IFG's Ricardo Galindez and Roy Tjioe and Trailblazer's Marc Forby (Prom Night).

The Making of Princess Kaiulani movie

This largely-forgotten story of Princess Kaiulani, the half-Hawaiian, half-Scottish princess is about to reach a new international audience through an international co-production.

The film tracks the exploits of this exotic and beautiful princess on her travels around the world, including her relocation to England and visit to Scotland in 1888. Continue reading about the production of Princess Kaiulani.

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