January 29, 2014
Marae experience at heart of Pa Boys
One of the producers of The Pa Boys says the way the film was put together on a low budget proved a great experience for cast and crew.
The feature written and starred in by Himiona Grace opens at cinemas around the country on Waitangi Day.
Mina Mathieson says the story of a band on the road was shot for less than $1 million.
Filming involved a 30-day road trip from Wellington to the Far North, with a cast of five and a crew of just 20.
"Their highlight of the whole trip was spending two weeks at a marae at Tuparoa, very remote, up the coast from Ruatoria, and it was spectacular scenery, amazing hospitality, living and working as one, so it was a special experience for everyine on crew and cast to work, do what we love, in those circumstances," she says.
Mina Mathieson says while The Pa Boys is a story with Maori themes and world views, it is also a universal story about journeys, spiritual growth, friendship and finding a sense of belonging.
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