No. 2

No. 2 - aka: Naming Number Two - 2006

Colonial Encounters & Southern Light Films - 89 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9398520179032

Cast: Ruby Dee, Mia Blake, Rene Naufahu, Miriama McDowell, Taungaroa Emile,
Xavier Horan, Tuva Novotny, Antony Starr, Tanea Heke, Nathaneil Lees, Pio Terei.
Screenplay: Toa Fraser; Director of Photography: Leon Narbey; Editor: Chris Plummer;
Original Music: Don McGlashan; Costume Design: Kristy Cameron; Production Design: Phil Ivey;
Producers: Tim White, Philippa Campbell, Lydia Livingstone; Director: Toa Fraser.

The heart has gone out of Nanna Maria's (Ruby Dee) family. There are no parties - they don't even fight any more. Inspired by a dream of her childhood back in Fiji, Nanna demands that her grandchildren put on a big feast at which she will name her successor. The grandchildren reluctantly turn up, but as the day progresses their preparations unravel into chaos and an outraged Nanna calls the whole thing off. That's when everyone realises they have to pull out all the stops and give the crazy old lady what she wants, and what they all need. Infused with the heat and vibrancy of the South Pacific, No 2 is a big-hearted, exuberant story about what it takes to bring family together. Highly Recommended.

Censor Rating: PG - Review rating: B +

No. 2
Official MP4 Trailer


It is available in New Zealand, and Australia as an R4 PAL DVD for about $30nz or $15au. The disc is 1.78 widescreen 16x9, 5.1 or 2.0 dolby digital. Spoken English - with optional English subtitles. There is an R2 version, available in Germany, with English and German soundtracks as well as subtitles, selling for about 25eur. The Extras include: On the Set of No. 2 (12:20 min.); 'Bath inthe River' music video (4:36 min.); Theatrical trailer (1:32 min.).
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2006 - Atlanta Film Festival - Best Actress - Ruby Dee

2006 - New Zealand Screen Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Ruby Dee
Best Performance by Actor in a Supporting Role - Rene Naufahu
Best Performance by Actress in a Supporting Role - Mia Blake
Best Achievement in Original Music - Don McGlashan

2006 - Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema - Dramatic Audience Award

2006 - Cinema des Antipodes, France - Audience Award for Best Feature

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