Three Wise Cousins is a new Pacific film that’s racking up the dollars at the box office on word-of-mouth alone and making people’s sides ache on the way.
The film was mostly shot in two weeks in Samoa and is entirely independent and self-funded — a remarkable feat of hard work and grassroots championing — with Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa (SQS) writing, directing and producing, supported only (but hugely significantly) by a team of family and friends. In between catching up on sleep and editing a new reality TV show, we asked SQS a few semi-deep and meaningful questions.
Where are you right now?
At home putting my four-week-old son to sleep, while trying to edit a new reality TV series, Game of Bros.
What did you do this morning?
Sleep for two hours, because I stayed up all night working and trying to put my son to sleep.
What is Three Wise Cousins about?
It’s about Adam, a 22-year-old New Zealand-born Samoan guy who falls for Mary. On a ‘chance’ encounter he learns that Mary only wants to go out with a ’real island guy,’ not a plastic one. Adam realises that to get rid of his ‘plastic’ ways and impress Mary, he’ll have to travel to Samoa and have his cousins teach him how to be a real island guy. Three Wise Cousins is a feature-length comedy and it’s full of infinite wisdom.
Why did you make it?
Two main reasons:
1) We made it because we wanted to make something entertaining for the people, while still making a story that would be memorable and a film that people would want to take on as their own.
2) For our crew, to not only prove to ourselves that it is possible to make a successful film independently, but also to show that you don’t have to compromise your own view and experience of the world to make something that is engaging and fun. Those who have seen the film can definitely testify to this.
Who is Three Wise Cousins for?
Anyone who likes laughing.
What’s your passion above all else?
Achieving the seemingly impossible.