Taking film star status in stride
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.