The Orator (O le Tulafale) is the story of a man, Saili, who wants only to defend the honour of his beloved wife and be at peace with her.  Saili is physically disadvantaged, with no great aspirations or expectations for himself and yet he is confronted with overwhelming adversaries and miraculously, through willpower, spirit and love for his beloved Vaaiga, he becomes an unlikely hero at the end. It is a story about confronting self-doubt, distrust and prejudice – an underdog story set in an exotic place.  The story takes place in a small village in Samoa. The landscape, people, culture, images, colour, sound and feel of Samoa offer this story a new and unique perspective of life. In this film Samoa is a character.  This film is a folktale and a lullaby. Beneath the exotic setting are universal themes of the strength of the human spirit and love.

Technical Info: 
Colour, 35mm/DCP, 1.85:1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Production Year: 
Production Company: 
Blueskin Films Ltd
2011Orizzonti In Competition, Venice International Film Festival; 2012 Sundance; Palm Springs; Pacific Rim Film Festival (USA), Brisbane International Film Festival- Audience Award
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

New Zealand Film Classification System

Key Roles


Key Crew

Associate Producer
Maiava Nathaniel Lees
Associate Producer
Michael Eldred
Director of Photography
Leon Narbey
Simon Price
Sound Designer
Tim Prebble