NZ Auditions

The Southland Times
May 21, 1999

Hopefuls Line Up for Chance of Movie Role
Jan Ludemann

TE ANAU -- More than 220 hopefuls from throughout Southland turned up in Te Anau yesterday looking for a part in The Lord of the Rings, to be filmed in the Queenstown-Fiordland region later this year.

Mother and son Maureen and Peter Marshall drove from Invercargill to have a go at the auditions.

Money was not mentioned at yesterday's auditions but it was the last thing on their minds as they contemplated getting a part in movie.

"All your life you dream of being in the movies, never thinking there's a chance of actually doing it," Mrs. Marshall said.

Faye Parsons, of Manapouri, was another of those who lined up to get her mugshot and measurements taken by production company Three Foot Six Ltd.

But it will be several weeks before anyone finds out who has landed any of the 15,000 extra parts in the trilogy, to be shot over the next two years.

The selectors seemed to be looking for two different looks -- shorter, stockier types and tall people, Mrs. Parsons said. They also wanted to know about any horse riding or sword fighting skills.

Applicants had to fill out forms and have a head and shoulders and a full-length photo taken. Everyone was warned the work would not be glamorous and likely to be 12-hour days, mainly standing around, often in the cold and wet, Mrs. Parsons said.

Publicist Sian Clements said she was very pleased with the turnout and the company had received terrific feedback from applicants.

Auditions continue in Queenstown today and tomorrow and Alexandra on Friday.