Story: Feature film

Sons for the return home, 1979

The first film to describe the experiences of Pacific Islands people in New Zealand, Sons for the return home, was directed by Paul Maunder. It was adapted from Albert Wendt's 1973 novel of the same name. In this clip Sarah (played by Fiona Lindsay) and her boyfriend Sione (Uelese Petaia) meet Fiona's parents (Alan Jervis and Anne Flannery) and then Sione is shown interacting with his family while cleaning for his mother (Moira Walker). The awkward and unfamiliar juxtaposition of their two cultures made for compelling drama.

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Reference: Sons for the return home. Writer and director, Paul Maunder. Wellington: Pacific Films, 1979.

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - The 1970s film renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014