NZ Auditions

The Press Online
July 22, 1999

Hobbit Fever Hits Christchurch

Hobbit fever has hit Christchurch, with hundreds of hopefuls queuing up for minor roles in Peter Jackson's feature film, Lord of the Rings. When the casting call started at 1pm yesterday, more than 300 people had lined up through the Christchurch Boys' High School grounds, where the auditions were held. By 1.30pm the queue had extended further back.

Most applicants were in their teens. The casting procedure, requiring the taking down of particulars and a couple of photographs, took only minutes. Applicants were given no hint what their chances were of being successful. Security was tight and the media were refused interviews with the casting crew. Most applicants had only a vague idea of what kind of role they might get. One man, Leonard Brackley, assumed the best part he might get was as a member of a crowd scene. "I'm really surprised at the number of people who turned up," he said.

Other casting calls, for people aged over 16, will be held at the school this Saturday between 10am and 3pm, and at the Tinwald Memorial Hall, Grahams Road, Ashburton, on Sunday between 11am and 4pm. Children aged between 4 and 12 will be viewed at Ashburton between 11am and noon on Sunday.