This year MFF has “The Big Screen Company” bringing their truck to town for two special film events. Not only will you get to spend time outdoors watching movies with friends and family in beautiful surroundings but you have the bonus of it being entirely FREE!
The first event on Thursday night is the NZ hiphop dance movie Born To Dance and second on Sunday night is a new comedy movie Three Wise Cousins. We have an ulterior motive for selecting these two films and that is to show everyone, especially our young people, just what you can achieve if you have determination and passion.
Born To Dance
Is NZ ‘s first ever dance movie and was inspired by Parris Goebel, an eight-time hip-hop world dance champion. Amongst her other claims to fame Parris is a choreographer who has worked with music stars such as Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber and her dance troupe, The Royal Family, are a global sensation. Under any circumstances her achievements are impressive, but even more so when you consider she is only 24 years old. Paris is a wonderful example of a young Polynesian woman from Manurewa chasing her dream and helping others to achieve theirs.
This is the first feature film directed by actor Tammy Davis who grew up in the small town of Raetihi.
It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and recently had its European premiere at Berlinale. Most of the cast are Polynesian and Maori and 90% of them had no previous acting experience. This movie made over $1million in theatres last year and is one of only 19 locally made films to have achieved this.
Three Wise Cousins
This is a hilarious film about how a NZ born Samoan becomes a “real” islander not a “plastic” one to impress a girl. It was written, produced and directed by Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa who entirely self-funded it by draining his bank account and calling on the assistance of friends and family. He had never been on a plane, never been to Samoa and never shot a movie.
While it can take a whole week to make a 15 minute short film, Stallone shot 80% of this feature film in Samoa in two weeks, all because he wanted to make a movie to entertain his community and show people the true Samoan culture.
Initially there were only a couple of screenings booked for the film but word of mouth created such a demand that Hoyts opened up their biggest screen for viewings. Since other cinemas jumped on board it has taken off to be number 5 at the box office and has opened in Australia.
The crew and cast are as thrilled as we are to be bringing a film like this to our community and are planning a trip down to Ōtaki to support it.