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
Music by Quebec composer Daniel Scott. Tracks 'Scorpio Girls', 'Can't Get Enough' and 'You Freak Me' by Supergroove