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Tala Pasifika - A Day in the Life

Television (Full Length) – 1996

This short film follows Pasifika school friends Siosi (Johnny Angel), Matt (Faifua Amiga) and John (Robert Luisi), as they anxiously await their School Certificate results. On the day he receives his grades, Siosi is beaten and insulted by his father (Ene Petaia), but an even greater tragedy is about to occur within his circle of friends. The event acts as a catalyst for Siosi and his father to reconcile. Tala Pasifika was a pioneering Pacific Island drama series. Mario Goa's story was one of six that screened on TV One in 1996; the same year it won an award at Canadian indigenous film festival Dreamspeakers.

Warning: This content may offend. Contains images of suicide.

Dad came running down the hall straight at me. Man I didn't know what I was going to do! Then he came up to me and he gave me this big massive hug . . . oh man, it was disgusting!
– John (Robert Luisi)

Key Cast & Crew

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Ruth Kaupua

Producer, Casting

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Faifua Amiga

As: Matt

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Robert Luisi

As: John

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Johnny Angel (aka Johnny Eneliko Laulu)

As: Siosi

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Mario Gaoa


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Gary Moore


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Produced by

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He Taonga Films


Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission, and NZ On Air


Opening song written and performed by Groovalation Iglese