South Pacific Pictures

Sione's Wedding

They made one little promise... Not to spoil their boy's big day.

Meet best friends Michael, Albert, Stanley and Sefa; the ladies' man, the good boy, the weird one and the party boy. They're staring down the barrel of their 30th birthdays, but still act as if they're 16; they get drunk, they chase the wrong women and they have a remarkable record of misbehaving and causing chaos at every wedding they attend.

But now Michael's younger brother, Sione, is getting married, and everything is about to change. Sione is their boy, the kid they used to look after, who grew up while they were still partying. And to ensure his big day isn?t spoiled by his boys and their idiot antics, Sione has issued an ultimatum; the guys all have to bring dates to the wedding. And not just any dates; real girlfriends, someone they've made a commitment to. They have one month. So just how hard can it be to get a date for your best boy's wedding?

Michael doesn't think it will be a problem. He's a good looking cycle courier with a girl in every suburb and dozens more on speed dial. Does he know how to have a relationship that lasts longer than an afternoon?

Albert is the quiet one. His mother can't understand why such a good boy hasn't found the right girl. And if he stopped longing for unobtainable women, Albert might discover that the perfect girl is just an office partition away. Unless his true love is the Pacific Princess his mother has imported from the islands for him.

Stanley is a hopeless romantic - in a weird way. As 'Tyreeq' he's a legend on the 0900 phone lines, but the girls he scores aren't so dreamy when he meets them in the real world. There?s one girl Stanley knows will be different, his honey-voiced fantasy 'Latifah'?

Party boy Sefa thinks he has it made. He may be wild, but he actually has a girlfriend. And she's the bridesmaid. Leilani is obliged to be Sefa's date for the wedding - isn't she?

Sione's Wedding was written by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune) and Oscar Kightley (bro'Town, Naked Samoans), and directed by Chris Graham, and features the comedy talents behind bro'Town, one of the big successes of New Zealand television.

Set in inner-city Auckland's Polynesian churches, hip hop clubs, suburban sleep-outs and basketball courts; and featuring a great soundtrack backed by Universal Music and iconic hip hop label Dawn Raid; Sione's Wedding brings the life, colour and humour of New Zealand's urban Pacific Island community to the big screen.

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Sione's Wedding won critical acclaim and broke box office records when it opened in cinemas throughout New Zealand in March 2006 and was New Zealand's top-selling DVD on release that year. It is a contemporary, urban, romantic comedy set in Auckland's smart-talking, street-savvy Polynesian community. The film premiered in Auckland and Samoa and has since screened in Australia, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii and in early 2007 was released in mainland USA.



NZ distributor: Sony (NZ)
Australian distributor: Buena Vista
International distributor (NB: title Samoan Wedding): HanWay Films

Runtime:
97

Producer(s):
John Barnett, Paul Davis

Director(s):
Chris Graham

Writer(s):
James Griffin and Oscar Kightley

Production Year
2005

Type
Feature

Genre
Comedy

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Website:
sioneswedding.com

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