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NRL stars including Eels halfback Ben Roberts,  Sea Eagles prop Joe Galuvao and Rabbitohs captain Roy Asotasi joined hundreds of members of the Samoan community for the Australian Premier of ‘The Orator’.

Hoyts Bankstown hosted the event that began with a series of tradition ceremonies and cultural entertainment before the guests were treated to a surprise visit by the leading cast members.

The NRL’s Welfare and Education Programs Manager, and former International Nigel Vagana played a key role in organising the event.

“We’ve got a lot of players of Samoan heritage in the game,” Vagana said.

“It’s part of our game now and it’s important that we recognise the cultural diversity that is part of our game.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to grow as a game and ultimately as a nation.”

‘The Orator’ is Samoa’s very first feature film and has seen New Zealand endorsed as a significant and relevant part of the international film industry earning a shortlisting for the 2012 foreign-language Oscar Award.

It is now showing in selected cinemas across Australia.