Uproar movie promises comedy and conflict amid controversial 1981 Springboks tour

The first trailer has been released for New Zealand film Uproar, which is based on the conflict and inadvertent comedy of one teenager caught up in the arrival of the South African Springboks team in 1981.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison stars as 17-year-old Josh Waaka, a school kid in Dunedin under pressure from home and school to conform. 

A scene in the trailer shows Dennison's Waaka protest that his family "don't know what it feels like to not fit in".

But in the film, Waaka discovers a passion for performance after an encounter with Brother Madigan - played by Rhys Darby - an English and Drama teacher who encourages him into the arts.

With his mother Shirley opposed to the career path, Waaka finds himself on a voyage of discovery as he grapples with the conflict of theatre and being at the centre of the protests.

Minnie Driver, James Rolleston and Erana James also star in the film.

Uproar will have its nationwide cinema release on October 5, 2023, after its worldwide premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.