The Last Saint

The Last Saint

The Last Saint

Independent crime-drama set in Auckland, following a teenager (Beulah Koale) trying to care for his drug-dependent mother. His plight introduces him to three men who make great promises, but even greater risks. This is the feature debut of writer-director Rene Naufahu. The Last Saint was largely independently funded, circumventing the tradional funding bodies available in New Zealand.

2014Rating: MA15+111 minsNew Zealand
Drama

The Last Saint / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Having suffered numerous rejections for funding, writer-director Rene Naufahu turned to crowd-funding and many, many favours to get his debut feature The Last Saint made. The relentless passion Naufahu and his crew had for this story can be seen in the finished film, which impresses on a number of levels. However, the technical budgetary constraints weigh the film down, with the limited lighting and sound design being sorely evident in particular spots (mainly outdoor night scenes). It’s incredibly frustrating, because The Last Saint could had stood as tall as The Dark Horse and What We Do in the Shadows in this year of great Kiwi cinema – had someone actually funded it.

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

This is impressive genre fare, well-executed and intoxicating. Impressive, brutal.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

The audience took a moment to get their breath back, and quite possibly share a collective realisation they'd witnessed something special.

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