Film still from <em>Poi E</em>

Film still from Poi E

Poi E: The Story of Our Song

  • Sat 16 Sep 2017
  • 11AM—12:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $12
  • Concession: Seniors, students, children (under 15) and community services card holders $10 (valid ID required)
  • Booking essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rated: G

Tearepa Kahi’s richly researched celebration of Dalvanius Prime and the many rivers that flowed into the making of ‘Poi E’.

Told largely in Dalvanius’ own words, this film is brimful of music and frank and funny testimony from numerous participants in the song’s richly peopled history. Taking a lesson from the man himself, Kahi draws the next generation into the story, ably assisted by Taika Waititi, who provides Stan Walker, aged 25, with essential information about what life was like before Poi E.

In 1984, Poi E reached Number 1 on the NZ Pop Charts and broke every musical record. It remained in the charts for 34 weeks. It outsold Thriller, I Just Called to Say I Love You and every other hit of 1984. It has been in the Top 10 in New Zealand, every decade for the past 30 years. It was also the first Number 1 song written and released entirely in Te Reo Māori.


NZ, 2016, Colour, 96 min., Rated G, Dir. Tearepa Kahi

 

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Poster for <em>Poi E</em>

Poster for Poi E

Film still from <em>Poi E</em>

Film still from Poi E

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