Life in Vanuatu isn’t all sea, sun and palm trees. For Timothy and his family, life is hard. His daughter Betty is out of school because he can’t pay her school fees. His wife works as a house girl and his son hangs around with his friends smoking dope, like many other unemployed, young men.
Timothy’s only hope is the political party he supports, and when the man he has collected votes for becomes a Minister, Timothy dreams he will get a job and earn the money to send Betty back to school. But he is not the only supporter looking for work. And to get the job he wants, he has to do things that make him question the whole system.
A PIECE OF THE CAKE (Yumi Go Kale) is about this other face of the Pacific; the growing urban poverty, the struggle to find work to survive in the cash economy and the inevitable opportunities for exploitation and corruption. This is also the first feature made entirely by Wan Smolbag Theatre, an actors troupe that has been a fixture of local theater and TV in Papua New Guinea and Fiji for over 10 years.