Australian Idol winner and X-Factor judge Stan Walker made his acting debut in this feature, as aspiring singer Turei. Part of a whānau of Māori potato pickers from Pukekohe, he has to choose between duty to family (Temuera Morrison plays patriarch 'Papa') and letting the music play. Turei's dilemma takes place as reggae star Bob Marley performs in Aotearoa in 1979, offering the chance for him to win a supporting slot at Marley's Western Springs concert. Mt Zion marked director Tearepa Kahi's first feature, after a suite of successful short films (Taua, The Speaker).
There’s more to me than just spud picking.– Turei (Stan Walker)
Small Axe Films
World premiere at Manuaku's Event Cinemas on 4 February 2013.
Released on DVD, iTunes and Vodafone InHome TV from 5 June 2013.
Soundtrack for Mt. Zion (Music From & Inspired By the Motion Picure) available from iTunes.