Sione's 2: Unfinished Business

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business is a 2012 New Zealand comedy film and the sequel to the hugely successful 2006 film Sione's Wedding. It was produced by John Barnett and Paul Davis, directed by Simon Bennett, co-produced by South Pacific Pictures and New Zealand Film Commission with music by Don McGlashan and written by Oscar Kightley and James Griffin. The film stars Oscar Kightley, Shimpal Lelisi, Robbie Magasiva, Iaheto Ah Hi, Dave Fane, Teuila Blakely, Madeleine Sami, Pua Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Nathaniel Lees, David Van Horn, Ayse Tezel, Dimitri Baveas, Kirk Torrance and Te Kohe Tuhaka. Sione's 2: Unfinished Business was filmed at Auckland, New Zealand. The film was theatrically released on January 19, 2012, by Sony Pictures and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 13, 2012, by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film has received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $723,000 in New Zealand. This was Pua Magisiva's final film seven years before his death on May 11, 2019.

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business
New Zealand theatrical release poster
Directed bySimon Bennett
Produced byJohn Barnett
Paul Davis
Written byJames Griffin
Oscar Kightley
StarringOscar Kightley
Shimpal Lelisi
Robbie Magasiva
Iaheto Ah Hi
Dave Fane
Teuila Blakely
Madeleine Sami
Music byDon McGlashan
CinematographyMarty Smith
Edited byPaul Lear
Gwen Norcliffe
Production
company
Distributed bySony Pictures
Release date
  • 19 January 2012 (2012-01-19)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryNew Zealand
LanguageEnglish
BudgetUnknown
Box office$723,000

Plot

Albert (Oscar Kightley) and Tania (Madeleine Sami) are now happily married, but cannot quite seal the deal with a baby. While Sefa (Shimpal Lelisi) and Leilani (Teuila Blakely) have got two kids, they are not married despite Sefa's proposal. Stanley (Iaheto Ah Hi) is now a trainee Deacon in the Future Church, Michael (Robbie Magasiva) has moved to Australia, and Bolo (Dave Fane) ditched his job with Sefa’s failing business to work for Sione (Pua Magasiva). As adulthood drives them apart, a crisis brings them back together: when Bolo disappears, the Minister (Nathaniel Lees) gathers up the boys to find him, somewhere, in the world’s largest Polynesian city.

Cast

  • Oscar Kightley as Albert. Having moved with Tania to Glenfield, Albert is struggling to find himself away from his friends.
  • Shimpal Lelisi as Sefa. Sefa has been engaged to Leilani for five years and has two children but is struggling to connect with Leilani.
  • Robbie Magasiva as Michael. Michael has been living overseas since the first film and returns to his disappointed friends.
  • Iaheto Ah Hi as Stanley. He has found religion after embracing a cult like church.
  • Dave Fane as Paul
  • Teuila Blakely as Leilani
  • Madeleine Sami as Tania
  • Pua Magasiva as Sione
  • Mario Gaoa as Eugene
  • Nathaniel Lees as Minister
  • David Van Horn as Derek
  • Ayse Tezel as Maria
  • Dimitri Baveas as Tony
  • Kirk Torrance as Cardinal Hoani
  • Te Kohe Tuhaka as Marcel

Production

Development

Writers; Oscar Kightley and James Griffin first proposed a sequel to Sione's Wedding in 2006 but no plans came to fruition.[1] They decided that they wanted to focus on other projects but the idea remained appealing and after rounding up the original cast, the two decided to write the film.[2] Producer John Barnett was always keen on a sequel but Griffin and Kightley needed more time to decide and after toying with several ideas, decided to have the same characters in the same situation, only five years later.[3] As Kightley was friends with the actors and a star of the film himself, the cast spent a lot of time developing the characters.[4] Whilst fundraising for the first film took 4 years, the sequel only took 15 months.[5] In March 2011, it was confirmed that filming was soon to begin on a sequel, titled: "Sione's Wedding II" that was to be released in January 2012.[6] Filming began in April 2011.[7] The cast found filming the sequel to be a lot more fun than it was filming the original, partly as they were comfortable in what they were doing.[8] In April it was confirmed the film was to be written by Griffin and Kightley and may deal with the subject of death.[9]

Filming

The film was shot around Auckland, including areas in Auckland’s St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Rd, Ponsonby Rd and Grey Lynn.[8]

Casting

On March 12, 2011, it was announced that Oscar Kightley would play the lead role in the film, while Shimpal Lelisi, Robbie Magasiva, Iaheto Ah Hi and Dave Fane were in early talks to join the cast. On April 13, Teuila Blakely, Madeleine Sami, Pua Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Nathaniel Lees, David Van Horn and Ayse Tezel were also in final talks to join the film, Dimitri Baveas was added to the cast, playing Tony and on August 14, Kirk Torrance and Te Kohe Tuhaka joined the cast of the film, playing Cardinal Hoani and Marcel.

Music

Don McGlashan scored the music for the film and on its soundtrack. The soundtrack also contains “I Promise” performed by Savage and Ria, “Gotta Go” performed by Mareko, “Saturday” performed by Home Brew, “Sideline” performed by David Dallas and Che Fu, “Bomb!” performed by PNC, “Say Yeah” performed by P-Money, David Dallas and Aaradhna, “O Le Atua Lava” performed by Mz J and Deacon Kelemete Ta'ale, “Everything” performed by P-Money and Vince Harder, “Music (Makes the World Go Around)” performed by Frisko and Aaradhna, “Too Shy” performed by Devolo, “Them Eyes” performed by Mareko and J Williams, “Wild Out (Chooo Hooo)” performed by Savage, Baby Bash and Angel Dust, “Think You've Got It All” performed by Vince Harder, “This Is Love” performed by Monsta and J Boog and “All The Days” performed by Fredricks Brown.

Release

Marketing

The film's trailer debuted online in July 2011.[10]

Theatrical release

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business was theatrically released on January 19, 2012, by Sony Pictures.

International releases

Home media

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 13, 2012, by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Reception

Critical response

The film has received mixed reviews, with Steve Kilgallon of stuff.co.nz praising the film's dark but clever plot, the character of Albert and gave the film four stars out of five.[1] Tenani French of View New Zealand also praised the decision to tackle a tougher storyline while maintaining much of the comedic charm of the first film.[11] Russell Baillie of The New Zealand Herald gave the film a negative review, pointing out plot weaknesses and criticising the "cartoonish" feel of the film.[12] However he praised the broad comedy and "conviction" of newcomer Kirk Torrance.[12] Kirk Torrance's character and the Australian siblings were noted by Press reviewer James Croot as the only flaws in a well-written and well-acted illustration of Polynesian life in New Zealand.[13] Dominic Corry of The New Zealand Herald entered the cinema hoping to enjoy the film but found it unsatisfying.[14] Graeme Tuckett of The Dominion Post gave the film a scathing review, calling it "plotless" and awarding it one and a half stars out of five.[15] A review in The National Business Review, criticised the high amount of product placement in the film.[16]

Box office

The film did well commercially, taking in $723,000 over its opening weekend.[17] Thus making it the highest opening weekend of any New Zealand made film.[18]

Awards

Award Category Nominee Result
Film Award Best Actress and Best Supporting ActressMadeleine Sami and Jessica Joy WoodNominated

Soundtrack

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJanuary 10, 2012
Recorded2012
GenreSoundtrack, Music, R&B/Soul, Hip-Hop/Rap
Length7:40
LabelUniversal Music
ProducerVarious artists
Don McGlashan film scores chronology
Derby Dogs
(2012)
Sione's 2: Unfinished Business: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2012)
The Dead Lands
(2014)
Singles from Sione's 2: Unfinished Business: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "I Promise"
    Released: January 6, 2012

Sione's 2: Unfinished Business: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film's soundtrack album made by Various artists and was released on January 10, 2012, by Universal Music.

Soundtrack list

References

  1. Kilgallon, Steve (15 January 2012). "Review: Sione's 2". stuff.co.nz. Fairfax Media.
  2. Jones, Bridget (13 January 2012). "Sione's crew back on the big screen". stuff.co.nz. Fairfax Media.
  3. Jenkin, Lydia (12 January 2012). "Sione's Wedding boys back in business". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media.
  4. Vaimoso, Hinerangi (17 January 2012). "Sione's unfinished business". stuff.co.nz. Fairfax Media.
  5. Croot, James (20 January 2012). "Sione's Sequel". The Press. Fairfax Media.
  6. "Sione's Wedding sequel planned". stuff.co.nz. Fairfax Media. 10 March 2011. Retrieved March 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. Russell, Nicola (20 March 2011). "Doctor of comedy". Sunday News. Fairfax Media.
  8. "First chance to see Sione's 2". Entertainment Fix. MSN. 18 January 2012.
  9. "Is it two weddings and funeral for Sione?". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. 24 April 2011. Retrieved April 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. "Sione's Wedding 2: Unfinished Business trailer". TV3. August 2011. Retrieved August 2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. http://www.viewauckland.co.nz/films/siones-2-unfinished-business-film-review-30673.html
  12. Baillie, Russell (19 January 2012). "Movie review: Sione's 2: Unfinished Business". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media.
  13. Croot, James (20 January 2012). "Sione's 2: A love letter to Women". The Press. Fairfax Media.
  14. Corry, Dominic (23 January 2012). "Sione's 2 - the critic's conundrum". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media.
  15. "Sione's 2 chases cheap laughs". The Dominion Post. Fairfax Media. 21 January 2012.
  16. John Daly-Peoples (23 January 2012). "Sione's 2: Three weddings and a funeral". The National Business Review.
  17. Bevan, Darren (23 January 2012). "Sione's 2 off to a strong start". Television New Zealand.
  18. Ed (27 January 2012). "'Sione's 2' and 'Tinker Tailor' Open Big at NZ Box Office". flicks.co.nz.
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