Teen actors Nikki Si'ulepa and Toby Fisher won acclaim in Ian Mune's fourth feature as director. Si'ulepa plays a Samoan street kid who meets a well-off white teen, when both are facing mortality in a hospital ward. The co-production between NZ and Canada (where it debuted on cable TV) won over critics in both nations. "Si'ulepa dominates the camera and the action with a natural authority", raved Metro. Moon scooped the gongs at the 1996 TV Guide Awards (including for originating screenwriter Richard Lymposs); and won notice at Berlin and Giffoni film festivals.
Writer/director Ian Mune skilfully avoids excessive or too-predictable playing of the heartstrings by offering two characters who have just enough emotional edge and anger to keep the inevitable interesting.– Critic John Haslett Cuff, in the Toronto Globe and Mail
The Whole of the Moon