Mt. Zion is set in the year 1979 and follows the journey of Turei (Played by Stan Walker) and his reggae band "Small axe" as they struggle to make it big. By day, the band members pick potatoes with father (Temuera Morrison) who believes there musical aspirations are a waste of time. They are excited at the news that Bob Marley is visiting New Zealand with the Wailers. The band find out that organisers for Marley’s concert are looking for an opening act and jump at the chance to audition for the spot.
There is tension in the band when dishonesty id exposed and the future of small axe hangs in the balance. The boys overcome these difficulties and are excited to learn that they will be the opening act for Bob Marley. Ultimately, Turei and the boys find themselves and reach their dreams.
The movie began filming early in 2012. It is written and directed by Tearepa Kahi. Kahi is known for his international award-winning short film Taua. Quinton Hita produced Taua with Kahi and is again collaborating with him in Mt. Zion. The film is being produced by production company Small Axe Films. The film has received funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Maori Television and Te Mangai Paho. Sony Pictures NZ is distributing the film. The film is currently in post-production and is set to be released on February 6th.
On the set of Mt. Zion
By Marae Investigates TVNZ
Released November 2012
The premiere will be held at the Event Cinema complex in Manukau, Auckland NZ. The film comes after the recent release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit and will join the ranks of New Zealand classics.
It is expected that the films stars, Temuera Morrison (Once Were Warriors) Darcy Flavell-Hudson, (BoyStar), David Wikaira-Paul (Shortland Street)and Troy Kingi (Musician)