Tongan Film Red, White and Brass inspires next generation of film-makers

Red, White and Brass tells the true story of a Tongan rugby superfan who, in order to get tickets to a sold-out 2011 Rugby World Cup match between Tonga and France, puts together a brass band to perform at the opening ceremony.

A full Embassy Theatre was decked out in red and white flags and there was an impromptu performance by members of the Taulanga Ū Brass Band, who feature in the film, for the premiere event on Tuesday. The movie was made entirely in Wellington, with an all Tongan cast.

Red, White & Brass – A stellar ensemble of Tongan talent coming to NZ cinemas this March

Tagata Pasifika reports the film stars John-Paul Foliaki (Popstars), Dimitrius Schuster-Koloamatangi (The Panthers), Ilaisaane Green (Brutal Lives), Onetoto Ikavuka, Mikey Falesiu (Toke), Lupeti Finau, Lotima Pome’e (Under the Vines), and Haanz Fa’avae-Jackson (Savage). 

Tupou to face Tuesday hearing

Tupou was cited by SANZAAR over a tackle on winger Craig Barry in the ninth minute of their 25-19 loss to the Stormers that went unpunished at the time.

He has been charged with contravening law 9.13: 'A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously'.

SANZAAR's foul play review committee looked at the incident earlier this week, scheduling a hearing for 5pm Tuesday AEDT.


Apple launches red iPhone 7 and video app

The red iPhone celebrates Apple's 10-year partnership with Red, an organisationthat aims to combat Aids.

A video app for iOS, called Clips, has also been revealed and will be released with iOS 10.3, which is expected to launch soon.

One tech analyst suggested Apple was increasingly trying to associate its products with ethical ideals.

All of the money raised by Red - a venture originally founded by U2 musician Bono and activist Bobby Shriver - goes to Global Fund HIV/Aids grants.

Reds beat Highlanders

Liam Gill, Nick Frisby and star man Samu Kerevi all scored tries in the first half, as the competition's 17th-ranked team dominated the outfit who came into the round rated second best.