This heart-warming drama-comedy, co-written with Halaifonua Finau (The Panthers TV series), recreates the remarkable events surrounding the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Tongan superfan Maka (John-Paul Foliaki) will do whatever it takes to get tickets to the Tonga vs France game – even if it means promising to deliver a brass band for the pre-match entertainment. The only problem is the band doesn’t exist, and Maka has four weeks to make one!
What starts out as a questionable plan to see a rugby game becomes a journey of self-discovery in which Maka and his friend Veni learn the importance of their rich and vibrant Tongan culture.
RED, WHITE AND BRASS
“We worked with Cause and FX on our feature film Red, White and Brass. The grand finale required re-creating our hero marching band performing in front of a sold out Wellington Stadium. In the script, the passionate crowd was described as “a sea of red and white” and this was no easy feat to capture, especially filming in Covid times, with limited numbers of extras.
“Cause and FX came to the rescue, creating a digital crowd, full of Tongan fans, all of them cheering, singing and proudly waving flags. Not only did the digital elements seamlessly integrate with the rest of the film but they also captured the passion, energy and “mafana” of the Tongan people, which was a key element to the film. Cause were a joy to collaborate with and I look forward to working with them again on future projects.”
Damon Fepulea’I, Co-writer/Director – Red, White and Brass.