Mount Zion. starring Stan Walker as Turei. His family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley’s 1979 tour. But it’s a dream that challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family – particularly his father, a true man of the land.
We welcome Australian Idol winner and X-Factor judge Stan Walker in his acting debut as aspiring singer Turei. Part of a whānau of Māori potato pickers from Pukekohe, he has to choose between duty to family (Temuera Morrison is patriarch ‘Papa’) and letting the music play.
Mt Zion is director Tearepa Kahi’s first feature, after a suite of successful short films (Taua, The Speaker). He has gone on to make more.