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Post-screening Q&A: Paper Champions
Having lost his mana, a young man sets out to defy the odds in search of love.
In Polynesian cultures, mana refers to strength, confidence and an ability to influence situations for one’s gain. Unfortunately for Rey, a reserved, routine-loving photocopier salesman, he seems to have lost his – and just as he’s started falling for a nurse he’s met by chance. As his family, co-workers, Spanish dance teacher and an ex-wrestler all try to re-engineer his lost moxie, could a mojo makeover be enough to ignite a romance waiting in the wings?
Set and shot in Geelong, Paper Champions is a playful Australian rom-com filled with moments both uplifting and uproariously funny. Featuring a loveable cast that includes House Husbands' Gary Sweet as the former fisticuffs expert, this film will remind you that, to win someone’s heart, you have to be your best self and jump into the ring.
Paper Champions screened as part of the MIFF 68½ program. In this post-screening Q&A, co-writer/actor Luke Saliba, co-producer/actor Erin Saliba and director Jo-Anne Brechin sit down for a virtual chat with MIFF Programmer Kate Fitzpatrick.