February 03, 2014
Pa Boys has big heart
A small movie with a big heart is how producer Ainsley Gardiner is describing The Pa Boys, which has its formal premiere at Te Poho a Rawiri Marae in Gisborne tonight.
Over the past few days cast and crew have been taking the film back for community screenings at some of the places it was shot, including Ruatoria, the Tolaga Bay Inn and Te Teko Rugby Club.
Ms Gardiner says the story about finding a sense of identity and belonging while on the road with a reggae band has been described as a cross between The Commitments and Whale Rider.
She says it has the elements of a good New Zealand film . . . a bit of drama, a few laughs and some good music.
"The best thing about it and why it’s going down so well in these Maori communities is it feels real, real characters doing real things, and I like to refer to it as a small movie with a big heart and I do think people respond to films with a lot of heart no matter how simple the storyline," Ms Gardiner says.
The Pa Boys will be in cinemas on Waitangi Day.
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