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Fri 20 May 2011, 8:00pm–9:45pm

Where: Oratia Settlers Hall, 569 West Coast Rd, Oratia, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Concession (60+/student): $7.00
  • Under 15 years (accompanied by an adult): $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Robin Kewell

Trouble Is My Business is the first film of our new season. It is an observational documentary about an assistant principal who battles to keep his students in school, and out of trouble. The film follows the stories of three Pacific Island and Maori students from a high school in the low socio-economic area of South Auckland as they struggle with the complex issues preventing them from getting an education.

First time documentary director Juliette Veber spent a year at Auckland high school Aorere College capturing the trials, successes and failures of the students as they struggled to cope in the NZ school system. She filmed everyday for six months, developing a remarkably close rapport with Mr Peach, the students and their families. The kids aren’t afraid of Juliette or her camera and they lay bare their lives for the film.

Veber focuses her compassionate and unwavering gaze on charismatic Mr Peach, and through him she provides a shocking, intense but often humorous insight into the lives of the students and the social, family and cultural challenges preventing them from getting successfully through high school and into some sort of future they can take real pride in.

"A thought-provoking and often very moving report from education's frontline..." "...a compelling watch"
- Peter Calder, NZ Herald

"Every parent should see this film....I just loved this" "I'm going home this afternoon to watch it again!"
- Paul Holmes, Newstalk ZB

" essential watch, a moving film about real people and real issues." - Andrew Hedley,

“This is a terrific piece of work. Funny, entertaining...downright moving.” - Graeme Tuckett, Dominion Post

The Settlers film Club takes place on the 2nd Friday of each month. Membership is free, we have a licensed bar and complimentary refreshments. For more information and a list of films coming this season, e-mail or telephone Robin on 09 818 2489.

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