Nanna Maria (Ruby Dee), the matriarch of a Fijian family in Auckland, feels that the heart has gone out of her clan. She demands that her grown grandchildren put on a traditional feast, at which she will name her successor. The grandchildren reluctantly turn up, but tiffs spin things into chaos and she calls the whole thing off. Based on his second play, this love letter to the suburb of Mt Roskill marked the first film for director Toa Fraser (Dean Spanley). It screened at many festivals internationally, and won the 2006 World Cinema audience award at American festival Sundance.
We got the guitar out and had a party and Toa said, 'Everybody sing some songs'. That's not strange to us. European, Māori, Fijian, Samoan, whatever — there's so much crossover between our cultures; it's applicable to all of us.– No. 2 actor Pio Terei
Southern Light Films
World premiere in January 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah
Song 'Bathe in the River', composed by Don McGlashan, performed by Hollie Smith and the Mt Raskil Preservation Society