A Short Film about struggle and triumph as Teina, a 17-yr-old kiwi boy tries to forget the trauma of his past to live out his dream as pro NRL player.
Āmua is a 2014 semi-autobiographical short film that follows the story of Teina, a 17-year-old boy who, despite his big heart and big dreams, is fast becoming the hopeless product of a destructive and volatile South Auckland upbringing. Blessed with an opportunity to play for one of Australia’s most prestigious Rugby League schools, Teina finds himself struggling to release the ghetto temptations and attitudes of his past and secure a scholarship that will ultimately save him from a failed future.
The film was written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Apirana Ipo, whose real life experiences provided the backdrop for this heart-warming tale of a young boy’s struggle to beat the odds. With Brisbane-based producer, Anthony Martin, on board, the two young filmmakers- whose friendship formed during their studies at the internationally renowned Griffith Film School- hope that this ‘underdog’ story reaches and inspires a myriad of audiences across the globe, all of whom can relate to the film’s underlying message of determination, perseverance and self-liberation.
Alongside this powerful creative force, comes talented New Zealand actor, James Rolleston, to play the film’s protagonist, Teina. Rolleston previously played the lead role in the critically acclaimed 2010 feature film, Boy, and his raw and honest on-screen presence makes him the perfect fit for Āmua.