The Gang

South Pacific Pictures


SIONE’S WEDDING is a comedy about four best friends, Michael, Albert, Stanley and Sefa; the ladies’ man, the good boy, the party guy and the weird one – the Boys. They’re first generation Samoan New Zealanders living out their lives in the suburban sleep outs, basketball courts, high rise office buildings and hip hop clubs of the biggest Polynesian city in the world. In the early 90s they were the Duckrockers break-dancing crew. Now it’s 2005 and the Boys are in their thirties. But some things never change. They’re still the Duckrockers. They still act like they’re sixteen. 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. His speciality is rich, white and strictly no-strings. 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 dreamer. 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’… Sefa is the guy everyone wants to party with. He may be wild, but Sefa always goes home to his girlfriend Leilani. Eventually. Sefa truly loves Leilani, it’s just that partying with the Boys comes first. Sefa thinks he has it made. He actually has a girlfriend, and she’s the bridesmaid. Leilani is obliged to be Sefa’s date for the wedding – isn’t she? From inner-city Auckland’s Pacific Island churches and hip hop clubs, to the suburban sleep-outs and basketball courts of Grey Lynn, 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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