The Last Saint ( Dune Fdkns Summary from Last Saints review for media only )
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.
Dune Fdkns & Sashabarr Hutchinson review.
The Last Saint written/directed by Rene Naufahu is a tail of a Polynesian boy ( Minka ) born into a world that he is yet to understand, & is shocked by the coming of age to care & provide for his drug addictive Mother.
His estranged father, an underbelly figure with soldiers by his side, and his Mother is trying to recover what she has lost. Her son.
Who’s only existence is to look after her, but is disrupted by his Mothers call to his absent Father. Within 24hrs Minka compromises his beliefs and challenges himself amidst the unpredictability of the portunity world that the last saint has encountered. He meets & falls for a palagi girl who moves him in a way unknown that unfolds in more twists than one. He meets & greets figures you would see on a street corner to ya hottest night spots & temptation is everywhere, & this young soul must mature & grow with its demons that are pushing him into the fast life of adultery.
With a back drop of our inner city. The Last Saint achieves a realistic view of the harsh realities that exists in every reach of our city. Auckland. ( City of Sales )
If you want to see a piece of reality that’s happening on your back door step, with a convincing & powerful stellar cast sprinkled with a hard hitting Kiwi soundtrack from no other than P Money ! If you are not afraid of portunity ? then this is a must see !!! P for Priceless with allot of Potential. Don’t become a follower, let there be more than one Last Saint !!!
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