Tammy Davis' feature film Born to Dance is now in its fourth week of release and has earned one million dollars at the New Zealand box office.
The film, which remains in the top ten chart of films currently in theatrical release, tells the story of Huntly rangatahi, Tia-Taharoa Maipi (Tu Kaea), a youngster who strives hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional hip-hop dancer.
Born to Dance had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was there that the film was reviewed as "Proof that Māori dancers can bust a move with the best of them, Born to Dance serves as an astonishing Kiwi choreography showcase, the biggest and by far more impressive of its kind to originate Down Under.”
Produced by Jill Macnab, Leanne Saunders and Daniel Story, Born to Dance was made with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and Māori Television.
It is New Zealand's first hip-hop dance movie and is currently screening in movie theatres across the country. It will also be released in Australia on November 5.