The Last Saint
Written & directed by Rene Naufahu
I was honored by being invited to The Last Saint review at the civic on Queens on the 7th of August.
On my entrance to the cinema I was greeted by the man himself, writer/director Rene Naufahu well known for his famous role as Sam on New Zealands iconic soap Shortland Street.
Me & my Lady were one of the first in the cinema as it started to fill with TV/Radio personalities etc …
The films producer gave us a behind the scenes insight on the films funding/journey/struggle/passion & how it was so difficult that they had to create their own production company. ( The film will be screened on 15 screens )
The film is based on Minka ( Beula Koale ) & his meth addictive Mother ( Joy Vaele ) that he cares for & tries to provide for in their small city apartment, if you know Auckland city their home is located in the back of K Rds food court.
Minka struggles to bring in any income & WINZ/ACC refuse to help with his Mothers addiction as it is self inflicted etc
He is forced to dial up his estranged Father ( Calvin Tuteao ) against his Mothers will, who runs a strip joint & whom is a well known hustler with a smooth rugged foot soldier who could compete in the MMA ( Xavier Horan ) by his side.
Minka’s world becomes darkened by the cities underworld & its way of life, he is introduced to gangsters,prostitutes,drug users,pushers,uso’s & toko’s & is fast tracked up the ladder of criminology cause of who his Father is & the surprise of Pinball ( Joe Naufahu ) & his own rising empire.
In between heaven & hell, he meets a palagi girl ( Sophia Huybens ) whose soul seems lost with an attitude of a Polynesian princess which makes them an interesting match if their relationship is to ever blossom ?
Like most cutting edge movies with an eccentric script, there is an horrific twist to this dark city of sales with Aucklands CBD as its canvas.
An extra bonus to this thriller is legendary world renown NZ Hip Hop producer P Money/2001 3rd place World DMC winner ( Peter Wadams ) debut music score which is like Joe Vagana running full throttle at the oppositions line.
You will be delighted by the sounds of Herbs,Six60.Split Enz, Sid Diamond, Pieter T,P Money/Gappy Ranks & allot more hidden classic kiwi gems as aired on RepFM.
Tickets for the premiere on the 21st here >http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/The-Last-Saint-tickets/artist/2014173?tm_link=artist_artistvenue_module
It will be on screens nation wide on the 28th of August 2014.
Words by @DuneFdkns