Red, White and Brass
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Red, White and Brass

May 05, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

A Tongan superfan assembles a ragtag marching band to gain entry to the Rugby World Cup finals in this family comedy, based on a true story.

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When Wellington Tongan superfan Maka (John-Paul Foliaki) fails to secure tickets to a hometown Rugby World Cup match between France and Tonga, he reaches for… the nearest trumpet. Maka rallies his mates into a last-minute marching brass band to represent Tonga at the big game, and get into the stadium. Navigating gangsters, bureaucrats and skeptical community elders, he is undeterred by his lack of musical talent—and lack of proper instruments. 

For our group of unlikely heroes no mountain was too high, no valley too low, and no time limit too short to learn to play the tuba! This joyous and entertaining underdog story celebrates the 'extra-ness' and infectious positive energy that is a superpower for Tongans.

D: Damon Fepulea'i, New Zealand, 2023, 1h25m CC

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