NZ singer Stan Walker who propelled to fame after winning Australian Idol is set to make his acting debut in a New Zealand film called Mt Zion.
In the film, Walker plays the lead role Turei – a talented musician who’s dream is to have his band be the supporting act for the Bob Marley concert in Auckland in 1979.
The film centres around the battle Turei has with his ambitious dream as a musician and the clash against the traditional whanau values in his Māori family. The film follows Turei on his journey through this battle.
The film includes a stellar cast of New Zealand talent including Temuera Morrison from Once were Warriors who plays Turei’s father and Miriama Smith from We’re here to help.
Mt Zion is written and directed by Tearepa Kahi, who made the international award-winning short film Taua. Filming commenced today in the Pukekohe region where the main family are contract potato pickers.
Walker said the reason he wanted to get involved in the movie was because the “script is so good”.