One Thousand Ropes 18+
South Australian Premiere
Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival 2017.
The second feature by Samoan New Zealander Tusi Tamasese (The Orator) takes us into the Samoan community in Wellington. Maea is a gentle middle-aged man who works in a bakery and assists at home births. But Maea is haunted by a violent past that cost him everything. Maea’s solitary life is changed by the unexpected return of Illsa, his pregnant and battered daughter. Tamasese delicately weaves myth and fantasy into a beautifully filmed and extremely well performed tale of family and redemption.
Director Tusi Tamasese | Screenwriter Tusi Tamasese | Producer Catherine Fitzgerald | Cinematographer Leon Narbey | Editor Annie Collins | Cast Frankie Adams, Uelese Petaia, Sima Urale
Tusi Tamasese is a Samoan New Zealander. Tusi has a Master of Arts in screen writing from the IIML Victoria University of Wellington, having graduated from the NZ Film School in Wellington, and prior to that with a Bachelor's degree in social sciences from the University of Waikato. In 2015 he was named a new Generation NZ Arts Laureate.