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Red, White & Brass

1h 25m Comedy, Family 2023

“Red, White and Brass is probably the most tears-on-your-cheeks, feel-good film you are going to see this year.” - Graeme Tuckett, Stuff.

After a 20 week theatrical run in NZ, Red, White & Brass has recently released theatrically in Australia and has an ANZ combined box office of over $2 million.

Directed and written by Damon Fepulea’i, with co-writer and co-producer Halaifonua (Nua) Finau. Fepulea’i and Finau received the Special Jury Recognition at the 2023 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for Red, White & Brass. In 2023, the film also screened at the Hawai’i International Film Festival Spring Showcase, Sydney Film Festival and IFI Family Film Festival - Dublin.

The film follows Maka, a Tongan superfan, will do whatever it takes to get tickets to the Tonga vs France Rugby World Cup game – even if it means promising to deliver a brass band for the pre-match entertainment. Only problem is, the band doesn’t exist and Maka has four weeks to make one. Inspired by a true story.


John-Paul Foliaki (Maka) , Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi (Veni) , Ilaisaane Green (Irene) , Onetoto Ikavuka (Rob) , Mikey Falesiu (Samisoni) , Lupeti Finau (Uncle Siale) , Lotima Pome’e (Laki) , Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson (Terrence) , Suzy Cato (Liz)


Damon Fepulea'i


Halaifonua Finau


Georgina Conder


Morgan Waru

Executive Producer

Carthew Neal

Executive Producer

Ainsley Gardiner

Executive Producer

Taika Waititi


Ben Powdrell


Paul Maxwell


Andrew McGeorge


Tongan, English


New Zealand


Piki Films, Madman Entertainment

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