Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes (born 24 March 1990) is a New Zealand film actress who rose to prominence at the age of eleven when playing Paikea "Pai" Apirana in the 2002 film Whale Rider. The film was nominated for many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actress of which she was the youngest female nominated in the Best Actress category and an award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress, which she won in 2004. Since she made her film debut, Castle-Hughes has appeared in various films including Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2008), New Zealand tele-movie Piece of my Heart (2009) and a small role in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). She also played the main role of the Virgin Mary, in the film The Nativity Story in (2006). Description above from the Wikipedia article Keisha Castle-Hughes, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Ian McDiarmid

The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Ian McDiarmid

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cathy Randall
CAST:  Danielle Catanzariti  •  Cassandra Jinman  •  Talia Monaghan  •  Yen Yen Stender

This film is a smart, rueful and dead-on portrait of life's unending quest to fit in; and the girl who solves it by completely breaking out - introduces a feisty outsider hero unlike any other seen on screen. Esther Blueburger's quest begins when she escapes from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cathy Randall
CAST:  Danielle Catanzariti  •  Cassandra Jinman  •  Talia Monaghan  •  Yen Yen Stender

The Nativity Story (2006)

Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in a small village ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Hardwicke
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Oscar Isaac  •  Hiam Abbass  •  Shaun Toub

Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in a small village ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Catherine Hardwicke
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Oscar Isaac  •  Hiam Abbass  •  Shaun Toub

Whale Rider (2003)

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On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Cliff Curtis

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Cliff Curtis

Vampire (2011)

A vampire, who works as a teacher, searches for suicidal female students and seduces them prior to sucking their blood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shunji Iwai
CAST:  Kevin Zegers  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Amanda Plummer  •  Trevor Morgan

A vampire, who works as a teacher, searches for suicidal female students and seduces them prior to sucking their blood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shunji Iwai
CAST:  Kevin Zegers  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Amanda Plummer  •  Trevor Morgan

Red Dog (2011)

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The legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kriv Stenders
CAST:  Rachael Taylor  •  Josh Lucas  •  Noah Taylor  •  Rohan Nichol

The legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kriv Stenders
CAST:  Rachael Taylor  •  Josh Lucas  •  Noah Taylor  •  Rohan Nichol

The Vintner's Luck (2009)

A fantasy romance set in 19th century France. The film revolves around Sobran, a young peasant winemaker, and the three important figures in his life - his beautiful wife Celeste, baroness Aurora de Valday and an angel named Xas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Jérémie Renier  •  Gaspard Ulliel

A fantasy romance set in 19th century France. The film revolves around Sobran, a young peasant winemaker, and the three important figures in his life - his beautiful wife Celeste, baroness Aurora de Valday and an angel named Xas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Jérémie Renier  •  Gaspard Ulliel

Queen of Carthage (2015)

An American Drifter discovers a New Zealand Singer and develops and obsession for him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mardana M. Mayginnes
CAST:  Shiloh Fernandez  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rose McIver  •  Astra McLaren

An American Drifter discovers a New Zealand Singer and develops and obsession for him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mardana M. Mayginnes
CAST:  Shiloh Fernandez  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rose McIver  •  Astra McLaren

Rewind (2013)

Revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack. Feature length pilot for failed tv ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Bender
CAST:  Jeff Fahey  •  David Cronenberg  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Jennifer Ferrin

Revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack. Feature length pilot for failed tv ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Bender
CAST:  Jeff Fahey  •  David Cronenberg  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Jennifer Ferrin

Thank You for Your Service (2017)

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Hall
CAST:  Miles Teller  •  Haley Bennett  •  Joe Cole  •  Amy Schumer

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Hall
CAST:  Miles Teller  •  Haley Bennett  •  Joe Cole  •  Amy Schumer

Tone-Deaf (2019)

A woman leaves for a quiet weekend in the country after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship. She rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon, two generations collide ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Bates Jr.
CAST:  Amanda Crew  •  Robert Patrick  •  Hayley Marie Norman  •  AnnaLynne McCord

A woman leaves for a quiet weekend in the country after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship. She rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon, two generations collide ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Bates Jr.
CAST:  Amanda Crew  •  Robert Patrick  •  Hayley Marie Norman  •  AnnaLynne McCord

Piece of My Heart (2009)

Adapted from Renee's 1995 novel Does This Make Sense to You?, the TV movie lays bare the pain caused by forced adoptions inflicted on unwed and teenage mothers in 1950s and 60s Aotearoa  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fiona Samuel
CAST:  Rena Owen  •  John Bach  •  Emily Barclay  •  Michelle Blundell

Adapted from Renee's 1995 novel Does This Make Sense to You?, the TV movie lays bare the pain caused by forced adoptions inflicted on unwed and teenage mothers in 1950s and 60s Aotearoa  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fiona Samuel
CAST:  Rena Owen  •  John Bach  •  Emily Barclay  •  Michelle Blundell

Toxic (2020)

When Darren agrees to give Irene a ride to a birthday party, we journey into the depths of his fragile ego as it becomes clear that the evening will fall short of his deluded expectations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Manning
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  John Bain  •  Gabriela Fresquez  •  Nican Robinson

When Darren agrees to give Irene a ride to a birthday party, we journey into the depths of his fragile ego as it becomes clear that the evening will fall short of his deluded expectations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Manning
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  John Bain  •  Gabriela Fresquez  •  Nican Robinson

Wellwood

Nick makes an extraterrestrial discovery that he decides will cure his wife of her terminal illness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eliza Hooper
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Lance E. Nichols  •  Camille Balsamo  •  Reid Collums

Nick makes an extraterrestrial discovery that he decides will cure his wife of her terminal illness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eliza Hooper
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Lance E. Nichols  •  Camille Balsamo  •  Reid Collums