Trailer drops for crack up new NZ Film 'Red, White & Brass' that's all about Tongan māfana

And it's based on a crazy true story about the 2011 RWC.

A trailer for the upcoming Kiwi film ‘Red, White & Brass’ is out and I reckon it has the potential to be a classic. 

The movie shot in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington is based on the true story of a Tongan community who want tickets to the 2011 Rugby World Cup Tonga vs France game. To do so, they form a brass band so they can provide the pre-game entertainment, even though they can’t play for shiet.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like it’s gonna be a bunch of fun and I’m glad Tongans’ immense support for their sports teams is getting a spot on the big screen. 

Damon Fepulea’i is the director - it's his first feature film - and he said the movie shows off Tongan passion and is looking forward to the people of Aotearoa watching it. 

“The māfana energy in the film is infectious,” he said in a press release. “I can’t wait for Kiwis to see this film on the 23rd Match, and what’s possible when you band together for a common goal.”

Co-writer/co-producer Halaifonua (Nua) Finau was in the band that played at the 2011 RWC - was actually part of the band the film is based on. He said his phone has been blowing up with people wanting to see the film, so hopes the trailer scratched that itch for them. 

“Every since we shot the film my DM’s have been full with people asking when they can see the film,” Finau said. “Kainga, the wait is over! Hope you enjoy this sneak peek!”

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‘Red, White & Brass’ comes from the same producers as ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘The Breaker Uppers’ and stars John-Paul Foliaki (‘Popstars’), Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi (‘The Panthers’), Ilaisaane Green (‘Brutal Lives’), Onetoto Ikavuka, Mikey Falesiu (‘Toke’), Lupeti Finau, Lotima Pome'e (‘Under the Vines’), and Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson (‘Savage’).  

It will be available in cinemas across Aotearoa on March 23 before it is released internationally.