Second Homecoming

Mount Roskill couldn't be further away from Middle-earth if it tried. Built on a volcano, the former Bible-belt suburb of Auckland is now a very 21st century ethnic melting pot—though that doesn't stop a tourist character in a new movie that's set there from asking, "Where is Mount Doom?" Rather than ring-seeking hobgoblins and hobbits, No. 2—about an ageing Fijian matriarch's gathering of the clan to name her successor—is filled with her kava-swigging, tree-chainsawing, pig-slaughtering grandchildren, who surf a volcano of emotions over one night and a day. It's all part of the shifting nature of New Zealand film. As Nanna...

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