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Entertainment news and previews
Southland movie set to premiere
Wait nearly over: On the set for The Weight of Elephants movie in Otautau are Southland cast members, from top left,
Corbin Strong, Luke Harris, Regan van Brecht, Jimmi Knapp. Bottom, child actor coach Hori Ahipene, New Zealand Film
Commission chief executive officer Graeme Mason and actors Finn Holden, Flynn Sinclair, Dominic Burrows, Alexander
Hatton and Harrison Dodd. The movie has its New Zealand premiere in Auckland in three weeks before it is released
nationally, probably in August. An Invercargill premiere event is also likely in August.
What: Southland-shot movie The
Weight of Elephants.
To premiere: In Auckland on July
21 and 24.
When can everyone see it? To be
confirmed but an August general
release seems likely.
Will there be a premiere in
Southland? Again, no-one is
prepared to say just yet, but bet
your last dollar on a red carpet
event taking place in Invercargill.
Why? The movie was shot
entirely in Southland, several
Southland schoolchildren play
key roles and part funders include
the Invercargill City Council and
the Southern Institute of
Excitement is building for the
New Zealand release of the
Southland-shot movie, The Weight
The multi million-dollar feature
film has been released inter-
nationally in Germany and Den-
mark and will have its much-
awaited New Zealand premiere at
the New Zealand International
Film Festival in Auckland on July
21 and 24.
An Invercargill premiere also
seems certain -- probably in
August before the film is released
in cinemas across the country --
but the movie's New Zealand
producer Leanne Saunders would
not comment on that speculation.
Saunders, from Auckland, was
just excited about its upcoming
release in the New Zealand Film
She felt The Weight of Elephants'
screening in Auckland would be a
big moment for everyone involved
and that it would showcase so
much about Southland.
''Just from the whole PR perspec-
tive of what is actually achievable
out of Southland,'' Saunders said.
''Not just for the landscape and
scenery, but for the people, too.''
The movie was shot entirely in
Southland in March and April last
year, with many of the key
support roles filled by Southland
primary school children with no
The movie had enjoyed some rave
reviews in Berlin and Copen-
hagen and Saunders was confi-
dent it would be just as well
received in New Zealand.
''It looks beautiful and audiences
have been really moved by it. And
they love the kids,'' she said.
''They have reacted very posi-
tively to the kids.''
The movie was based on the
Australian novel, Of a Boy, and is
about a sensitive 9-year-old strug-
gling with his fears and anxieties
after the disappearance of three
children from his small town.
The New Zealand Film Com-
mission was the movie's prime
funder, but it was also backed by
the Danish Film Commission in a
first between the two countries.
The movie's Copenhagen-based
director Daniel Joseph Borgman,
whose mother lives in Otatara,
near Invercargill, will be in
Auckland for the New Zealand
release of a film which appears to
be sought-after internationally.
''We have been accepted into
other international film festivals
but we can't announce them yet
because those festivals have not
even announced their own
programmes,'' Saunders said.
''And they're big festivals.''
Art duo team up to show their work
By BRIDGET RAILTON
Collection: Riversdale artist Jodie Marlow is preparing for her first exhibition, a joint effort with friend and fellow
artist Margaret Palmer McKenzie, right.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 628145329
Putting together your first
exhibition can be a daunting
task, so one Riversdale artist
enlisted the help of a friend and
fellow artist -- and now they will
have a joint exhibition.
Jodie Marlow and Margaret
Palmer McKenzie, of Riversdale
and Gore, will showcase a
variety of bright and colourful
paintings at the Invercargill city
gallery in a joint and free entry
exhibition from July 5 to July
It is Marlow's first exhibition
and she could not be more
thrilled about the prospect.
''I've found the whole process
really exciting,'' she said.
''It's been challenging, but a lot
She and Palmer McKenzie hope
plenty of local art lovers will
make the trip down to view
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