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.
... a multi-tissue number for those of you who are readily made lachrymose, its grimness is relieved by a realist's humour, by deft changes of pace and scene, by the writers' keen ears for the truly vernacular, and by what I think can be called its poetry — that is rhythm, rhetoric, colour, energy and in this case uplift.– Rick Bryant in Metro, February 1997
The Whole of the Moon