The Orator

Orator, The - aka: O Le Tulafale - 2011

Blueskin Films Ltd. - 106 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 5050582885163, 9324915090972

Cast: Fa'afiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Ioata Tanielu.
Screenplay: Tusi Tamasese; Director of Photography: Leon Narbey; Composer & Sound Design: Tim Prebble; Cultural Advisors: Manu Asafo Maugatai, Tuitautai Henry Tamasese; Editing: Simon Price; Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron; Production Design: Rob Astley; Producer: Catherine Fitzgerald ; Director: Tusi Tamasese.

Saili, an unassuming villager & taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia. Their existence, while happy and peaceful, is unconventional. Vaiga has been banished from her ancestral village for many years. Saili faces serious threats to his plantation as well as his family and has been denied his fathers chiefly title. Life is complicated further by Litia's blossoming beauty that is getting the attention of the young men in the village. Matters ultimately come to a head, requiring Saili to speak up, speak out and defend all that he holds precious. Filmed entirely on the island of Upolu, Samoa. Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B

The Orator
Official MP4 Trailer


The feature is presented 1.80 anamorphic widescreen, enhanced for 16:9. The sound is 2.0 dolby digital. The spoken language in Samoan with English subtitles. Extras include a 15 minute short, 'Va Tapuia' aka: Sacred Spaces, also filmed in Samoa; the theatrical trailer and eleven mp3 sample audio tracks from the soundtrack.

An R0 PAL DVD can be purchased from Australian and New Zealand sources for $30-35. It is also available from resellers in Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Jstyla Productions of Australia have copies for about $25au

There is also a version from Trigon Film of France that has not only English subtitles, but also French and German, and sells for about 19eur.

Aro Video of Wellington - Recommended Reseller


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Reviews at

Cinema Aotearoa Review

IMDB User Reviews

ABC (AU) Julie Rigg Review (mp3)

Review at Samoan Savaii Blog

Flicks NZ Reviews

Listener NZ Review

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The Hollywood Reporter Review

NZ Herald Review

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson's Review - Pacific Media Centre

Michael McLachlan's Review at Voxy


VIDEO VAULT - Links to trailers and clips for all titles.

NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

Q&A With Director Tusi Tamasese

Information at the New Zealand Film Commission Website

Tusi Tamasese Interview at The Reel Bits

Tusi Tamasese Audio (mp3) Interview by Julie Rigg

The Orator YouTube Channel

Official Facebook Page

Information at IMDB

Internet Movie Poster Awards


2011 - Venice Film Festival - CICAE Art Cinema Award & Cinema for Peace Award.
2011 - Venice Film Festival - Special Mention from the Orizzonti (New Horizons) Jury.
2012 - The Unofficial New Zealand 'Moa' Film Awards - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Actor - Fa'afiaula Sagote, Best Actress - Tausili Pushparaj, Best Supporting Actress - Salamasina Mataia.

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