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Sione’s Wedding


Wed 19 Oct 2016, 7:00pm–8:35pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: R15

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Screening as part of the “Films that shaped New Zealand – Celebrating 120 Years of Cinema” series.

Reflecting the increasing influence of Pacific Island and Samoan culture in New Zealand, “Sione’s Wedding” is a feature from the comedic minds behind the Naked Samoans comedy group which "brings the humour, life and colour of Polynesian culture to the big screen."

The film mixes Samoan traditions and cultural concerns with more universal themes resulting in a box office success – it broke the Kiwi box office record on the weekend of its release.

"The big, burly Samoan Wedding is a shrewdly written, impeccably timed and audaciously played romantic comedy about four thirtysomething slacker buddies in New Zealand forced to clean up their acts and find respectable dates in order to attend a best mate's wedding... Under any title, this is an instantly exportable comedy that will play gangbusters in all situations on all platforms. Though the action is set among the sizeable Samoan community in an Auckland suburb, the affable but irresponsible quartet around which events revolve are immediately identifiable as Peter Pan types... There's not a weak link in the sizeable cast, with each principal assigned just enough screen time to give depth to caricature. Technical credits are a pro, with former music vid helmer Chris Graham making full use of the widescreen frame for skilled physical comedy. Toe-tapping tunes mix hip-hop and pop acts from the stable of Auckland-based record label Dawn Raid Entertainment." – Eddie Cockrell, "Variety," 1 September 2006.

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