February 28, 2000Lord
of the Rings Making Wtgn Known as Location
WELLINGTON -- The Lord of the Rings has put
Wellington on the film-making map, Mayor Mark Blumsky says.
Speaking yesterday from Los Angeles where he is attending a
film location expo, Mr Blumsky said there had been strong interest in the $360 million
Lord of the Rings project.
"But Lord of the Rings isn't the only film project
creating interest. The script of Stickmen is also generating keen interest at the
expo," he said.
Stickmen, a $1.4 million production based on three
pool-playing lads, is being filmed around Wellington. It is due to be released in
Mr Blumsky and Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey attended the
three-day Location 2000 expo to promote New Zealand to several thousand film location and
They also met the makers of the third Star Wars
"prequel" to try to convince them to film the movie in New Zealand.
Big studios who visited the New Zealand expo stand included
Columbia Tri-Star, Warners and Disney, and there was also interest from Britain, Japan and
France, Mr Blumsky said.
On Friday night, Mr Blumsky attended a function for 300 film
people at the New Zealand Consulate where promotional footage of Lord Of The Rings was
Mr Blumsky said Wellington's potential as a movie-making
destination had been hugely enhanced because it was now known as the home of Lord of the
Mr Blumsky returns this week after meeting earthquake
technology industry experts.