Brown Bruthaz is a fast paced comedy about hitting the big time once - and trying to get back there again.
Te Rangi Brown (Taungaroa Emile) and his brother Whetü (Scott Cotter) are The Brown Bruthaz, an R&B/Hip Hop duo whose combination of sweet harmonies and phat beats cut through with their massive hit Remove.
Yet, when we meet them, they’re still living with their mum (Nicola Kawana) in South Auckland.
On the one hand they’ve been smart. Investing some of the profits in The Razor Bar - where you can drink, play Street Fighter and get your fro seen to all at the same time. And setting up their own record label, committed to nurturing fresh Southside talent - based out of the converted garage at the back of the family home.
Problem is, they’ve had - and spent - the advance on their second album. It’s time to deliver. But Te Rangi, the songwriter, is procrastinating. This is a problem for beat master Whetü - he’s ready. Plus he’s got his collection of kicks and revolving door of hot girls to maintain. It’s also a nightmare for Victor Benton (Shane Cortese) from the record label. Victor’s quest to pull a second album from his young stars sees him bringing his Ponsonby pretensions - and flash car - to South Auckland far more often than he’d like. And he’s prone to inappropriate outbursts at the best of times.
Meanwhile Te Rangi and Whetü still have to pay the bills. Fortunately the recording studio sees a lot of traffic - from new talent desperate to be produced by the bruthaz, who still have a reputation for being the best. But with the talent come more headaches. Like old family friend and one-hit-wonder BJ Cummings (Ray Woolfe) who wants to retain his former glory. Or the talent free ambitions of gang-leader’s girlfriend Jasmine (Shavaughn Ruakere). Not to mention what happens when Whetü adds a client’s mother (Tahei Simpson) to his list of sexual conquests.
Complicating the mission are the D.O.A.s, a small-time gang who have taken residence at the Razor Bar. Lead by Shane (Jordaan Tuitama), an old school friend of Te Rangi’s, the D.O.A.s seem far too incompetent to be effective - especially when the second-in-command’s a guy called Windscreen (Siale Tunoka). But when Shane decides the Brown Bruthaz need management - and appoints himself without question - the recording studio becomes the centre of a DVD piracy racket that could be our heroes’ undoing.
Set against a soundtrack of original tracks commissioned for the series, Brown Bruthaz tells a story of classic sibling rivalry at its funniest, in a charged South Auckland setting with a fresh, ensemble cast.
Directed by Robin Walters and Awanui Simich-Pene and produced by Nicole Hoey for Cinco Cine Film Productions.