Sione's Wedding

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Sione's Wedding - aka: Samoan Wedding - 2006

South Pacific Pictures - 93 min.
DVD UPC # 9317731040733; 876964000666

Cast: Oscar Kightley, Shimpal Lelisi, Robbie Magasiva, Iaheto Ah Hi, David Fane, Teuila Blakely, Madeleine Sami, Pua Magasiva, Nathaniel Lees, Maryjane McKibbin-Schwenke
Screenplay: James Griffin, Oscar Kightley; Director of Photography: Aaron Morton; Hair & Makeup Design: Jane O'Kane; Music: Andy Morton; Editing: Paul Maxwell; Costume Design: Jane Holland; Production Design: Iain Aitken; Producers: John Barnett, Chloe Smith; Director: Chris Graham.

Sione is getting married. He has decided that he does not want his brother Michael and his three party-boys mates to attend. They have nearly ruined every wedding they have attended. But they are given a chance to attend - they must bring real girl-friends, not party-girls, to the wedding and they have one month to pull it together. This comedy set in Auckland about first generation Samoan New Zealanders, starts a bit slow, but by the time of the wedding, it gains speed and really becomes the urban romantic comedy it is meant to be. If you are not Samoan, nor familiar with Samoan New Zealanders, you might not appreciate the inside humour, but the writing and acting is good enough to make this a light-hearted romp a winner for most. Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B

Sione's Wedding
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This title on dvd is available from New Zealand sources for about $20nz. and Australian sources for about $20au. This R4 PAL disc is presented 1.76:1 in either 2.0 or 5.1 dolby digital. It also has optional English subtitles. Extras include: audio commentary by Oscar Kightley, James Griffin and David Fane; Interviews with 'Eugene'(5min.) & 'Bolo'(2+min.); a "Behind-the-scenes" documentary (19:16 min.); "Off screen antics" (6:27 min.); 3 music videos by 'Tha Feelstyle' and 'Adeaze' (total of 12 min.); 3 trailers (3 min.); photo still gallery and the world's first click-thru soundtrack menu. North American R1 dvd release is under the title of 'Samoan Wedding', with a pricing of about $10us.

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