Production on Kiwi feature film Tinā, marking the feature film directorial debut of Miki Magasiva and The Brown Factory, is currently underway in Auckland.
Tinā is described as an inspiring and heartwarming drama that follows the story of Samoan teacher Mareta Percival. Struggling after the death of her daughter in the Christchurch earthquakes, Mareta reluctantly takes on a role as a substitute teacher at an elite private school and is surprised to find children in desperate need of guidance, inspiration, and love.
The lead role of Mareta is portrayed by Samoan actress Anapela Polata’ivao (Our Flag Means Death, Night Shift, The Breaker Upperers) newcomer Antonia Robinson plays supporting actress in the role Sophie, along with supporting cast Beulah Koale (Hawaii Five-0, Next Goal Wins, Bad Behaviour), Nicole Whippy (Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street).
Director Miki Magasiva says, “I’m honoured to have such an amazing team on board to try and bring to life a truly special story. One that uses the power of choral music to inspire and foster a deeper understanding of each other.”
The film features a powerful choir, lead off-screen by Choir Master and Music Arranger Tuilagi Dr. Igelese Ete.
Tinā will be filmed on locations in Auckland and Christchurch throughout September and October 2023 with an expected release in 2024.