In this feature film Australian Idol winner and X-Factor judge Stan Walker makes his acting debut as aspiring singer Turei. Part of a whānau of Māori potato pickers from Pukekohe, he has to choose between duty to family (Temuera Morrison is patriarch 'Papa') and letting the music play. Turei's dilemma takes place amidst reggae star Bob Marley's 1979 tour to Aotearoa, and a chance for him to win a supporting slot at Marley's Western Springs concert. Mt Zion is director Tearepa Kahi's first feature, after a suite of successful short films (Taua, The Speaker).
The [Kahi’s] script is so good – it’s definitely the main reason I wanted to get involved.– Stan Walker on why he got onboard the project
Soundtrack for Mt. Zion (Music From & Inspired By the Motion Picure) available from iTunes.
Mt Zion is out on DVD, iTunes and Vodafone InHome TV from 5 June 2013. Also VideoEzy rentals.