Actor and story-teller Sam Neill completed several days filming in Tongatapu, Tonga, on October 2, for a landmark documentary that will be broadcasted in 2018.
This 6-part documentary series explores the three voyages of Captain James Cook using a contemporary journey across the Pacific Ocean. Sam (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Piano) is the host.
“Uncharted – With Sam Neill” will be a major television event broadcast on the Foxtel history channel and NZ Prime TV in 2018 to mark the 250th anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, reports Matangi Tonga.
Sam is on a voyage, both physical and psychological, to re-see the Pacific. He is following Cook’s journeys – from the Arctic to the Antarctic, as well as the journey from Tahiti to Australia and New Zealand. His travels include Vanuatu, Tonga and Hawai’i. It is Sam’s desire to tell the story from both perspectives of the beach, with a strong focus on the cultural stories of the people and places Cook encountered.
Sam’s experiences in modern Tonga will be shown in the fifth episode of the series.
“We loved our time in Tonga,” Sam said on October 3, posting some of his photos on his twitter account @Two Paddocks.