Movie mak­ers want good sto­ries

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LIAM HYS­LOP

Two Emmy award win­ning film­mak­ers will use the ex­tra­or­di­nary tales of or­di­nary Ki­wis in their lat­est web se­ries – and our com­mu­nity could be the star.

David Stubbs and Thomas Robins, of KHF Me­dia, are about to start pro­duc­tion on an in­ter­ac­tive, trans-me­dia, part-drama, part-doc­u­men­tary se­ries called Road Trip, that real Ki­wis can help to shape.

Stubbs and Robins have part­nered with stuff.co.nz as the broad­cast plat­form for the se­ries.

The fic­tional drama el­e­ment will follow two char­ac­ters, uptight Cana­dian, Sarah, and overly re­laxed Ton­gan, Benny, who are forced to travel the length of the coun­try to­gether.

The doc­u­men­tary el­e­ment will see the two char­ac­ters visit lo­cal towns and tell the quirky and in­ter­est­ing sto­ries of New Zealan­ders which may have been heard by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, but not by the rest of the coun­try.

If you know some­one in our com­mu­nity who you think should get the chance to share their story or achieve­ments in Road Trip, you’ll be able to nom­i­nate them via stuff.co.nz from Septem­ber 29. Read­ers will vote on­line for the best story from nine re­gions across the coun­try to fea­ture in the show.

‘‘We want to tell first and fore­most a great over­all story of our two char­ac­ters and their great drama,’’ Robins said.

‘‘As im­por­tant as that, is also th­ese great sto­ries of New Zealand and great in­ter­est­ing peo­ple to get a view of New Zealand that doesn’t nor­mally make the main­stream.

‘‘Some ex­am­ples might be the guy from the small town who does a great Elvis im­per­son­ation, or the group of women in the small town who might have a com­mu­nity gar­den which makes a dif­fer­ence to the lo­cal school.’’

The project is funded by New Zealand on Air’s dig­i­tal me­dia fund.

KHF has teamed up with a Cana­dian pro­ducer to pro­mote the show over there and have man­aged to se­cure the ser­vices of Cana­dian ac­tress Meghan Hef­fern, who has starred in Rookie Blue, Amer­i­can Pie Presents: Beta House and Blue Moun­tain State.

They hope that will help the show, and the Kiwi sto­ries in it, reach an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

‘‘Be part of it, help us make this great show and a show we can all be proud of and that will put your sto­ries on the map,’’ Robins says.

‘‘Don’t be in­tim­i­dated by the idea of a film crew com­ing into your town. It will be a bunch of nice guys, a cou­ple of great ac­tors com­ing to your part of the world, why don’t you in­vite them into your lives and tell a few sto­ries with them.

‘‘We want peo­ple to be proud of be­ing in­volved in the project and we’re go­ing to do our best to tell the sto­ries well.’’

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