Movie makers come to town

From the left is Vanessa Riddell, Taane Salter, Vern Woods, Wendy Salter, Alastair Riddell, Kieran Foster, Anna Harding and Kenn.

The Dargaville Anzac Theatre recently had a visit from movie makers at a showing of their film West of Eden, with an audience question and answer opportunity at the end of the screening.

Composer, editor and director Alastair Riddell, producer, writer and actress Vanessa Riddell, lead actor Kieran Foster and cinematographer Dean Carruthers came from Auckland.

West of Eden is set in rural New Zealand during the 1960s and tells the story of two men in love, at odds with their surroundings.

The filmmakers gave the audience insight into the effort that goes on behind the scenes, from the authentic 1960s food labels to days spent filming a 15 minute scene. They also said how it was their love of storytelling, especially ones they feel are important, that drives them. Audience member Wendy Salter said the film had “great cinematography and wonderful acting. As budding film makers it was a great opportunity to talk with the film makers and hear the challenges of a limited budget with feature film making.

“It was great to hear the commitment of local filmmakers to reflect life in New Zealand and wonderful to see a movie reflecting life of gay men in 1960s in rural New Zealand — especially at the 30th anniversary of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill.”

The film is playing in the cinema for another few weeks.

Cinema Manager Vern Woods says that filmmaker visits is something he definitely hopes to do again, if the opportunity arises. 


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