Created by Dave Armstrong and Kerry Jimson, The Semisis was a satirical take on a contemporary Samoan-Kiwi family. In this opening episode, the Semisis handle eviction by heading to a campground with all their belongings. There romance buds, the palagi next door neighbour (Brian Sergent) proves unwelcoming, and the South African camp commander is even worse. The over the top Semisis family began as part of 90s TV sketch show Skitz; Armstrong consulted with cast members and a group of young Samoans from Porirua, while writing the scripts.
I can't wait to get you into that spa pool Janine!– Gary (Brian Sergent) to his wife (Anne Budd)
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Additional material by Fuatia Lavea, July Solele, Sonny Taefu, Ivan Tanuvasa and the cast
Pacific Island music composed and performed by The Five Stars