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“Sarah and Sione fall in love - can their love transcend their different backgrounds?” - New Zealand Film Commission;; 5/02/2014.

“The scenario of SONS FOR THE RETURN HOME is one of those for which there are two possible endings - the lovers will come together at the end or they won’t [...] But the film is less concerned with what happens than with the whys, and the motivations and ethnic backgrounds of the lovers. She is a white New Zealander, he is a brown Polynesian from Western Samoa. They meet when she picks him up in the library of the university of Wellington where they are students, and the film is about the impact on their affair of their contrasting cultures.” - ‘Variety’, October 31, 1979.

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Year 1979

Reference number F3156

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production CAST

Genre Feature

Duration 1:57:00

Production company Pacific Films

Taonga Māori Collection Yes


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington, Please Ask Staff (Base) - 2001.5923 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland - 2007.5286

Credits Director: Paul Maunder Executive Producer: Don Blakeney Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger Camera: Amalamo Tanielu Camera: Paul Leach Writer: Paul Maunder Editor: Christine Lancaster Sound: Don Reynolds Art Director: Vincent Ward Music: Malcolm Smith Cast: Uelese Petaia , Fiona Lindsay , Moira Walker , Lani Tupu , Alan Jervis , Anne Flannery , Malama Masina , Sean Duffy Adapted From The Novel: Albert Wendt Funding: New Zealand Film Commission Production Manager: Grahame J. McLean;

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