Poi E: The Story of Our Song tells the story behind one of New Zealand’s most iconic pop songs. Led by Dalvanius Prime, the Patea Māori Club single was released soon after the closure of the town’s freezing works. Conquering disinterest from record labels and radio, Poi E became New Zealand's highest selling single in 1984. Written and directed by Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion), the "warm, funny, touching" documentary (NZ Herald) features interviews with those involved, and famous fans (eg Taika Waititi). Poi E won applause after premiering at the opening of the 2016 Auckland Film Festival.
'They want you to perform at the Royal Command Performance in Scotland.' I said 'We haven't got any money to do that!' And so I went and mortgaged my house.– Dalvanius Prime
The Patea Film Collective
New Zealand cinema release on 4 August 2016
World premiere on 14 July 2016 at Auckland's Civic Theatre, on the opening night of Auckland's NZ International Film Festival
Further festival screenings following in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin