We checked out The Last Saint at a super secret preview screening last week and were seriously impressed by this feature film, which is already being dubbed a Kiwi classic. Focusing on what it means to be a New Zealander, The Last Saint follows the story of Minka (Beulah Koale), a teenage boy living in the heart of Auckland, who is forced into a world of crime in order to raise money to save his mother. Razor sharp and life reflecting, Minka finds himself in a world where doing the wrong thing is so very right. In the The Last Saint, we see Minka face social and personal destruction derived from a methamphetamine addiction, as well as his modern-day dysfunctional Polynesian family. With its combination of Polynesian street gangs, a cross cultural love story, a uniquely Kiwi sense of humour, and a thumping contemporary soundtrack, The Last Saint banishes typically Pacifica stereotypes in a hard hitting and modernized way. Written and directed by Rene Naufahu, featuring a debut score by Kiwi hip-hop legend P-Money, as well as an impressive and talented cast, The Last Saint is a contemporary urban thriller that will take you on a roller coaster of Kiwiana emotions, reminding you of who you are, where you have come from, and how much you have got to give. The Last Saint is set to be released 28th August in cinemas nationwide. Words by Isabella van Heusden.