To mark the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Screen brings us the stories behind some of our most notable local films.

Sione's Wedding represents a landmark Pacific Island-Kiwi film. One that celebrates Samoan New Zealanders, set in the largest Polynesian city in the world — Auckland.

Directed by Chris Graham, the feel-good comedy drew its lead cast from comedy group The Naked Samoans, creators of the TV series bro'Town.

The film broke local box office records when it opened, and in 2012 a sequel — Sione's 2: Unfinished Business — was released.


Here actor and writer Oscar Kightley remembers how much fun it was to work on the movie.

You can watch the trailer for Sione's Wedding here: