He sailed beyond the edge of the world before he discovered who he was: the story of a Pacific ‘Braveheart’.
In 1787 46 volunteers set out in a ship only 88 feet long for a three year voyage into the unknown south pacific: seamen and scientists, sail-makers and psychopaths, English, Irish, German, American, Scots, West Indian, one blind, one dying, more than one harbouring secrets.
The world they found there, the people they encountered, changed them all for ever.
Taboo is the story of the youngest amongst them, 14 year-old Peter Heywood; through his eyes we see the extraordinary events which shaped the crew and the most famous mutiny of all time, the mutiny on the Bounty.
Peter and his companions survive shipwreck, starvation, sharks, storms, murder and piracy, on their epic journey of many thousands of miles.
The film explores the impact of two very different cultures on each other, and on the children of both.
Although set in the 18th century, this is not intended to be a period piece, but a tale of culture clash, male identity and young adult-hood, filmed in a fresh and contemporary style, as if the Bounty had sailed with a visionary documentary camera man aboard.
The story is based on over two years research into the exploration of the Pacific in the 1800s, including unpublished diaries, letters and journals left by the Bounty crew.