Tag Archives: Moana

New Zealand actress Rachel House reflects on playing Moana‘s “Gramma Tala” (EXCLUSIVE)

One of the Summer’s biggest hits has been the Disney animated film Moana – which has its home entertainment release this week. To reflect on this film, we spoke to New Zealand actress Rachel House, who plays Gramma Tala in the film. We talk about what it took to bring the character to life, the Polynesian mythology behind the film, what it means that Disney has taken on this story, and we find out if there are any Hunt of the Wilderpeople spin-offs in the works.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Disney’s newest heroine Moana (2016, USA) is destined to be a classic

Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) is the spirited daughter of a Polynesian chief, Chief Tui (Temuera Morrison). She’s loveable and affable and Chief Tui is pretty much training her up to be the next big kahuna in her village. Her father has warned her that their village and island paradise is the only safe place for her, and that beyond the reef that surrounds their island, there is darkness and uncertainty.... Continue Reading

Jemaine Clement talks playing a giant crab in Moana, channelling David Bowie and Maori myths (EXCLUSIVE)

Arriving into Australian cinemas on Boxing Day is Disney’s brand new animated feature Moana and this will be the first time the studio is exploring the culture and myths of the South Pacific region, particularly that of the Polynesian people.... Continue Reading

Opetaia Foa’i talks Disney’s Moana & helping to bring Polynesian culture to life onscreen (EXCLUSIVE)

This Boxing Day, Australian audiences will be introduced to Disney’s latest heroine in Moana. The first ever Polynesian princess has already caused much conversation even before the film saw its recent premiere in the United States – while there was obvious excitement surrounding this new territory being tread when it came to exploring Polynesian cultures on screen, there has been a reluctance felt by many, in that Moana has not been treating the culture with due respect.... Continue Reading