Tongan film Red, White and Brass premieres in Wellington as community comes out in force

What lengths would you go to, to watch your favourite sports team play?

One person's answer is now the inspiration for a Tongan film Red, White and Brass.

It's the story of a die-hard rugby fan who formed a brass band in a desperate attempt to see his country take on France at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. 

And Wellington's iconic Embassy Theatre was decked out in Tonga's flag and colours on Tuesday for the premiere.

"I definitely feel māfana, pride and joy," Red White and Brass actor JP Foliaki said.

Foliaki is the lead actor in this infectiously funny Tongan comedy.  

"We are people of service, I love creative arts, I love acting, and if I can serve my people, then I'm more than happy too," Foliaki said. 

The movie is based on the real-life story of what happened when Foliaki's character, Maka, missed out on tickets to see Tonga play in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. 

He comes up with a plan to perform as a brass band at the Tonga vs France match. 

"No band, no instruments, no real idea but we're Tongan and we can do anything," said co-producer Nua Finau. 

Despite the band having no experience they pulled it off and Finau was in that band. 

"To think I'm here now with friends and family to watch my movie is crazy."

"I think when you watch the film and you get to the end you wish you were Tongan, because it's a real celebration of the joy and energy that Tongan people bring," said director Damon Fepulea'i.

The Tongan community showed up in force at Tuesday's premiere, with those involved hoping the film will receive as much applause as the brass band did.