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Music video director Sam Peacocke's confronting dramatic debut re-imagines the events that took place around the robbery of a Manurewa liquor store in 2008, in which owner Navtej Singh was tragically murdered. The film takes a kaleidoscopic perspective on colliding South Auckland lives, notably in an — almost unbearably — tense hold-up scene. Largely shot with non-actors, the production was self-funded; Manurewa was selected for Melbourne and Berlin film festivals and won the Crystal Bear for best short in the Generation 14plus youth section at Berlin.

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 Sam Peacocke
 Kristian Eek
 Michael Koloi

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That was outstanding. I thought the cinematography was great. I recognised Beulah Koale immediately from Harry, he is is very talented in both of these.

 Iman Orklander

Iman Orklander

The cinematography and acting in this film was par excellence. The film was engaging, gut-wrenching, sad and beautiful all at the same time. Despite being a South Auckland raised Pacific Islander, the storyline was both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.

Your team's approach and sensitivity to Navtej's last moments of his life was definitely felt. This is his story, yet the story intertwines with many similar stories our communities have faced in the last 30 years.

Sam Peacocke, I think you've gained a new fan.

And the actors were awesome. Just awesome.



This is a great resource to show my high school students, engaging conversation in many different areas, liquor, gang violence, police procedures etc.



Hey Nella, I noticed in your comment you mentioned that when you hear stories like these it just makes me feel ashamed of who you are. Never base you opinion of yourself on how others in you community chose to live their lives. I am an Indian, but I have the sense enough to realize that islanders should not be judged on the basis of the actions of a few wayward idiots. Infact, just listening to people like you speak out against such intolerance further strengthens my argument that Islands are a people with a rich cultural background who believe in tolerance and unity. As Mahatma Gandhi would have said आप मानवता में विश्वास मत खोइए. मानवता सागर की तरह है; अगर सागर की कुछ बूँदें गन्दी हैं, तो सागर गन्दा नहीं हो जाता...which essentially translates to "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."



omg this is such a sad story, in no disrespect to the family and all but a clear mesaage to everyone is that not all islanders or samoans are like this. We do have a heart and we're not all like this. We have respect for our elders and culture beings lol but if there are islanders that are like this well they feel the need to due to peer pressure or there just not thinking staright about their action. I gotta say when I hear stories like these it just makes me feel ashame of who I am. Just saying though to those youths that think they have no choice but to do the wrong thing well you gotta voice and use it to say NO! if you dont you'll probably regret it your whole life and trust me i know what its like. I may not know this him but R.I.P Navtej Singh <3


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To me, this was the story of Navtej Singh – a devoted family man who was shot dead for the sake of a few dollars and some boxes of alcohol. It will always be his story and we had to make sure we honoured his memory. So it was pivotal that we got the blessing of his family. 


2011 Berlin Film Festival
Crystal Bear for Best Short Film in the Generation 14plus section

2011 New Zealand Screenwriter Awards
Best Short Film Script
New Writer Award

2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Short Film and Best Script - Short Fim