The weather was destroying everything during shooting — at home it's so unpredictable. It will rain one minute and be very sunny the next. It's very, very hot. I'm really grateful that I picked the right crew.– Tusi Tamasese on shooting Samoa - NZ Herald, 8 September 2011.
At the beginning you see this unusual leading man and you grow to love him, his face, his strength, his suffering, his generosity, and you are there with him.– Italian critic Maria Pia Fusco, to Herald writer Helen Barlow