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Set against the dramatic island backdrop of Hawaii, and based on the inspiring true story, Barbarian Princess is a breathtaking romance about an unlikely heroine and her unwavering fight to defend the independence of her people.
1888 - Hawaii is a paradise teetering on the brink of civil war. The tide has 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 is overthrown, and the royals are exiled.
Among them, is the beautiful Princess Ka`iulani. Scarcely 12 years old, she is separated from her family and her homeland, and, for her own safety, is sent to a climate and a country that couldn’t be more different from Hawaii – Victorian England.
Coming to terms with her fate, Kaiulani undergoes a harsh and testing education that equips her with a sense of honour, duty and pride. What’s more, she falls in love, with the spirited and rebellious young Englishman, Clive Davies.
Emerging from her childhood, and inspired by her blossoming romance, Kaiulani realises that she must do all that she can to bring an end to the injustices suffered by her people. She resolves to sail to America, to meet President Grover Cleveland, and to prove that she is anything but a ‘barbarian princess’.
Barbarian Princess combines the profound natural beauty of Hawaii with the sweeping romance of a classic Merchant Ivory epic.


Type of film
Running Time
103 mins
35 mm
Marc Forby
Leilani Forby, Wanda Watamull
Leilani Forby, Wanda Watamull
Beverley Mills
Marc Forby
Director of Photography
Gabriel Beristain
Production Designer
Steven Lawrence
Tony Dawe
Stephen Warbeck
Principal Cast
Q’orianka Kilcher, Shaun Evans, Barry Pepper, Will Patton


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Last updated 8th July 2009

Production Company

Matador Pictures and Island Film Group
c/o ContentFilm International


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