About the film
DAWN RAID tells the extraordinary untold story of acclaimed New Zealand music label Dawn Raid Entertainment and its two founders, Andy Murnane and Brotha D. From humble beginnings selling t-shirts on the streets of South Auckland, this unlikely duo formed a legendary partnership that would defy the odds and become music royalty both at home and across the world.
The film explores the incredible challenges and struggles that were buried deep beneath the glamour of chart-topping hits with the hottest local and international talent – rifts between artists, unpaid tax debts, feelings of failure and betrayal – and the immeasurable musical legacy that was created in spite of this. Featuring some of New Zealand’s biggest hip-hop and RnB artists including Savage, Mareko, Adeaze and Aaradhna, DAWN RAID is an inspirational, heart pounding celebration of local home grown talent who not only gave a voice to their local community, but paved the way for a future generation of artists.
From Director Oscar Kightley (known for performances in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers and Sione’s Wedding) and the acclaimed film-making team behind McLaren and The Dead Lands, this is a legacy like no other.
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"Truth is stranger than fiction but rarely is it this robustly and heart-pumpingly entertaining... as Oscar Kightley delivers the Dawn Raid story we all need to see"
"You couldn't make this sh*t up and thankfully the Dawn Raid boys don't need to – their home-grown true story is as emotional and wildly entertaining as any Hollywood rock n roll blockbuster"
"Taika watch your back there's a new director in town – Oscar Kightley doesn't miss a beat as he delivers on the Dawn Raid rollercoaster ride"
-Kate Rodger, Newshub
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"An invigorating, uplifting and occasionally heart-breaking Kiwi success story, this love letter to South Auckland's cultural power is essential viewing for all New Zealanders."
-Dominic Corry, NZ Herald