Crime thriller The Last Saint puts Auckland’s underworld squarely in its sights. Beulah Koale (who played the killer in short film Manurewa) stars as teenager Minka, who gets caught up in drugs and romance while working for psychotic P-dealer (Joe Naufahu). The first movie directed by Shortland Street actor Rene Naufahu, this "searing local thriller" (Sunday Star-Times) was funded largely by private investors, as well as a Pledge Me campaign. Calvin Tuteao and Jared Turner are part of an impressive cast; the soundtrack includes contributions from P-Money, Six60 and Katchafire.
... when Rene (Naufahu) got everyone together, he made it seem like family — and the shoot was so fast yet it was chilled, and so fun yet so dangerous. Yeah, running around K Rd at 4 am with my new crazy family, I loved it!– Joy Vaele, who plays Lia, mother of the main character