The period adventure film “Edge of the World” tells the fact-based tale of Captain James Brooke, a 19th century adventurer who becomes the Rajah of Sarawak in the Asian island country Borneo, which is almost twice the size of England. Great Britain is Brooke’s homeland. But he was born and raised in India, and he has a uniquely critical view for his time of British colonialism. In 1839, the film’s setting, Britain ruled over half the world.
Directed by the expatriate American artist and filmmaker Michael Haussman, who has an impressive eye for visuals, “Edge of the World” captures the idea of belonging nowhere. In many ways, Brooke is searching for a homeland.