Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Kiwi film 'Seone's Wedding' starts soon
Has this got to Fiji yet? It starts next Saturday in Australia yet there's almost nothing on the web about it. It sounds like the same kind of characters as the cartoon series bro'Town, about five Polynesian lads in Auckland, Vale, Valea, Sione, Mck and Jeff da Maori. The animated TV series was screamingly funny but oh so very politically incorrect!
Kia ora (or thank you) for making films and TV programs like this! Since hitting the screens on New Zealand’s TV3 in September 2004, bro’Town has been a great talking point. It has copped lots of flak. If you listen carefully to the script it is gross and offensive, but Islanders perhaps just like to laugh at themselves eh!
We have a couple of videos of bro'Town with four stories from the series and some of our visitors did not understand the jokes, others thought the program ridiculous, others were a bit horrified by the racist and crude remarks. It was shown in Fiji and how it got past the censor I do not know.
Update July 14
We saw 'Seone's Wedding' today and it was lots of fun, music, sentiment, Samoan culture - well, kind of - predictable plot, expressive foul language which was a bit overdone. I wonder what the reaction was when it was -if - screened in Apia? The rascals in the film were not your ideal respectful Samoan lads, but it turned out alright in the end.
Nice to see a film set in Auckland. We've been there and it is a lovely city. The film rating? About 2 and a half stars for some people, nothing like the magic of 'Whalerider' but it's not meant to be.