Humble Pacific island movie star Mungau Dain dies in mid-20s - Page Six Pagesix.com - Fri 11 Jan 23:19 GMT
Dain died Saturday in the capital Port Vila, after contracting a leg infection.
Martin Butler, who co-directed “Tanna,” said Dain wasn’t a natural actor but was very enthusiastic, learned quickly, and ended up giving a fabulous performance.
Jimmy Joseph, the cultural director for Tanna island, said Dain was quiet, humble and respected in Yakel, where he had chosen to remain living even after achieving some fame in the movie.
Butler said he and Dean plan to travel to Yakel at the end of the mourning period to join the village in celebrating Dain’s life.
Location producer Janita Suter, who lived in Yakel for seven months during filming with her husband Dean and their children, said if there was an award for most improved actor, it would have to go to Dain.
Butler said he hoped there may be some way to get better information to people in Vanuatu about the risks of infections, and that Dain’s death could act as a catalyst.