Tak­ing film star sta­tus in stride

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Ge­or­gia Spil­lane could well be New Zealand’s lat­est film star­let.

The bub­bly Cromwell 7-yearold plays Lily in Auck­land di­rec­tor Jackie van Beek’s first ful­l­length fea­ture film which pre­mieres at the Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day.

The In­land Road was shot in and around Queen­stown in 2015 when Ge­or­gia was 5.

The Cromwell Pri­mary School pupil was ex­cited to sit down with The Mir­ror on Mon­day for her first ever face-to-face in­ter­view.

She was both ‘‘ex­cited and ner­vous’’ to see her­self in the movie and wasn’t wor­ried that she wouldn’t be in Ber­lin to watch it. She would be at the lo­cal premiere in March.

‘‘I haven’t nor­mally seen my­self on screen be­fore so it [will be] kind of weird,’’ Ge­or­gia said. ‘‘Scary.’’

Act­ing was both ‘‘easy and hard’’ dur­ing the six-hour days she spent film­ing.

‘‘The easy things were to just say them [the lines]. The hard things were to re­mem­ber them.’’

Her favourite scene was when Lily goes on an egg hunt, while her least favourite was ‘‘the rain scene’’, Ge­or­gia said.

‘‘It was re­ally wet. I was, like, soak­ing.’’

Ge­or­gia has been sworn to se­crecy re­gard­ing the film’s plot and that was tough when her friends asked her about it.

‘‘I can’t tell them. I can’t tell them, like, the whole movie,’’ she said.

Ge­or­gia was keen to be in more films in the fu­ture but mum Josie Spil­lane said they weren’t ac­tively seek­ing out roles.

‘‘What we’re look­ing for is for her to do well at school and en­joy to­day and to­mor­row.

‘‘There [has] been no plan­ning in our minds that we would set Ge­or­gia up for a ca­reer. We thought it would just be a good op­por­tu­nity to get bet­ter at pub­lic speak­ing.’’

Spil­lane and Ge­or­gia’s fa­ther Mitch Spil­lane were ex­tremely proud of what their daugh­ter had achieved.

‘‘We’re re­ally proud of her. We’re proud of the fact that she gave it a go. We’re re­ally proud of all the feed­back we got from peo­ple on the set.

‘‘We’re so ex­cited to see her on the screen,’’ Josie Spil­lane said.

The In­land Road is about teenage run­away Tia (Glo­ria Popata) who, af­ter sur­viv­ing a fa­tal car crash, moves in with strangers in­volved in the ac­ci­dent, threat­en­ing the fam­ily’s delicate balance.

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