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Kia Ora koutou,
After returning from filming ‘The other side of heaven 2’ in Fiji last year I had an opportunity to view Michael Bennett’s ‘In Dark Places’, the Teina Pora story, which is heart breaking in it’s telling. The year before I’d cast Richard Te Are in the lead role while he was still at Toi Whakaari drama school.
The year started well for Māori actors who were all keen to work in Fiji. Time spent there with some amazing people will always be special.
Returning to work on the feature ‘Vai’, another successful portmanteau feature film by Kerry and Kiel, topped off a truly Pasifika year.
Last Sunday A War Story finally screened as part of the Sunday Theatre TVNZ slot. The true account of New Zealander Peter Arnett’s journey to be the first Western journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden was a challenge. The search for an actor to play OBL took time but turned up the talented George Kaanan in Australia. A real gentleman and scholar. George also brought his son with him to round off our casting.
Check out other websites and IMDB which is not so accurate but at least has some records.
ma te wa na Christina Asher