February 24, 2000Third
Movie Crew Keen on Queenstown
Producers of a third large feature movie were interested in
filming in the Queenstown area, a Film NZ spokesman said.
In the footsteps of The Vertical Limit due to finish filming
in Queenstown next month, and The Lord of the Rings, returning to Queenstown in the winter
to complete filming, Film New Zealand confirmed another production was signalling
Manager Jane Gilbert said Film NZ had received a lot of
During the past three months it had dealings with 20
production companies, all expressing an interest in Queenstown.
The Vertical Limit producer Lloyd Phillips told The Southland
Times last week he was aware of another large movie production making noises about
He predicted with the release of The Vertical Limit in the
American summer, interest in Queenstown and the South Island would increase.
Ms Gilbert confirmed Film NZ had had dealings with a large
production company interested in making a feature film in the Queenstown area.
"Whether or not it gets picked up at the end in America
is another matter," she said.
It was not unusual for Film NZ to deal with 300 inquiries a
While there had always been a considerable number of
inquiries, she said there was no doubt with the combination of The Vertical Limit and Lord
of the Rings interest would escalate.
Ms Gilbert said the inquiries about Queenstown and the South
Island were from all types of productions, including some television series, segments for
films being made elsewhere and some complete feature films.
It was hard to say which projects had "legs." All
had to be treated seriously but the nature of the business was vulnerable.
"It's a step by step game," she said.
It was difficult to say what kind of calibre the feature
films being discussed were.
"It's hard to ascertain a budget . . . people are very
discreet . . . many are confidential," she said.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council last week passed policy
making the council a "film-friendly" body.
Ms Gilbert said she was delighted with the council's policy,
which Film NZ had been encouraging for some time.