Mungau Dain, Oscar-nominated actor known as 'Vanuatu's Brad Pitt', dies from untreated leg infection
Mungau Dain acted in the highly acclaimed film 'Tanna' — the first to have been shot entirely in Vanuatu, a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of 80 islands
According to a recent report, Vanuatu movie star Mungau Dain has died from an untreated leg infection. The Oscar-nominated movie star was in his late '20s.
The actor, who was widely recognized for his role in the Australian-Vanuatu film 'Tanna', passed away in Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu, a few days ago, according to reports. He is currently survived by his wife, Nancy, and their two young children.
'Tanna' is reportedly the first film to have been shot entirely in Vanuatu, a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands. The movie's co-directors, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, and script editor Janita Suter honored the deceased actor's memory, saying he would be remembered as a "gentle soul".
'Tanna' was quite a unique feature film, and was even awarded two major prizes at the Venice film festival in 2015, along with being nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars. In one of his interviews, the movie's director Dean recalled how Dain was a first-time actor who had been chosen from his village due to his good looks.
"They called him Vanuatu's Brad Pitt," script editor Janita Suter recalled. Dean also described how all the actors in the movie were given the chance to travel outside their home country to promote the film. Dean mentioned that Dain had, at the time, stayed in the director's home while they were in Australia.
"Our young children got on really well with him; he carried them on all sorts of adventures — up waterfalls and the like. He was just a very gentle soul. Mischievous," Dean said.
Co-director Butler added that the actor's untimely death was quite a painful ordeal and that it could have been avoided if they had got access to better medicines sooner. "Had Dain got to the hospital a few days earlier, got some antibiotics in him, almost certainly he would have survived… He's now dead," he said.
At the time of his death, Dain, along with his 'Tanna' co-star and good friend Lingai Kowai were looking for a fruit-picking job in Australia or New Zealand.