Making movies in Geraldine

Time is such an ephemeral thing. We have been in the South Island of New Zealand for 17 days. In one way it feels so much longer, we have seen so much and the scenery has been so diverse. In Australian distances we have not travelled far to see so much. Yet, the time has flown by, it has gone in a heartbeat…

We now have one more sleep before we reach Christchurch and fly back to the North Island and back to the family. As we drive along I suggest our last night on the road would be memorable if we could find an old heritage pub/hotel with accommodation,roast dinners and, as the evenings were getting cooler, a fire in a cosy lounge…

Be careful what you wish for.

After a day of stunning scenery, lakes, mountains and the golden tussock plains at 4-30pm we drove into Geraldine. The charming country town that serviced the Mackenzie country. We parked in the main street for a look around and there it was, the pub I had envisaged. Accommodation with en suite, yes, roast dinners,yes, fire in the lounge, yes. So we booked in.

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After a walk around town we went into the dining room at 6-30 for a wine, beer and roast pork dinner. It appeared a group was setting up a band. Great, it looked as though we would be having some entertainment later. WELL it was not just entertainment, a production crew was using the hotel dining room as a setting for a film they were making. The action was due to start at 8 o’clock. Could we watch? Of course we could. So we tucked ourselves into a corner with another wine and beer and watched as lights, cameras and people milled around setting the scene. The producer and writer of the script was Peter Frahm, he has produced another Kiwi film, “China Cup” about 2 years ago. This one will be called “For the sake of a hat”. Peter came over and asked us if we would like to be extras, he also gave us a copy of “China Cup” We jumped at the opportunity. Our début in the world of acting would be as patrons, sitting at tables, watching the band perform and looking as though we were enjoying ourselves. No real acting needed for our part as the band was very talented. The banjo player, Jenny Blackadder, was the top artist in New Zealand and possibly in Australasia we were told.( Click on the link above to read Jenny’s amazing story)

After about 3 takes of every scene, and there was about a dozen or more scenes and every one had to be taken from different angles, it was eventually, at 1-30 am, the director called “that’s a “wrap” folks”. What an interesting experience. The film is due for release in July, and its début will be in Geraldine. We made friends with the other extras, they were all locals, and will keep in touch to find out how it is rated…

We never did get to sit in front of the fire….

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  1. What fun you have and how well you describe and photograph it!


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