Eter­nity hits the jackpot in Madrid

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Welling­ton film Eter­nity has picked up two awards at the Madrid In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val this month.

The sci-fi who­dunit won awards for best edit­ing of a fea­ture film, and best sup­port­ing ac­tor, awarded to Pukerua Bay ac­tor Ralph John­son.

It also re­ceived nom­i­na­tions for best orig­i­nal screen­play of a fea­ture film, writ­ten by Welling­ton’s Alex Galvin, and best vis­ual ef­fects by Tony St Ge­orge of Kapiti vis­ual ef­fects com­pany Polytronik Dig­i­tal.

Di­rected by Galvin, the film fol­lows a de­tec­tive as he at­tempts to solve a mur­der mys­tery in­side a flawed com­puter game.

Film­ing took place in Welling­ton, Kapiti, Hawke’s Bay and Hong Kong.

A for­mer Kapiti res­i­dent, Galvin said he was proud to win the edit­ing award with co-edi­tor Nick Swinglehurst, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the film was shot on a min­i­mal bud­get.

‘‘For me th­ese awards are all the more sat­is­fy­ing be­cause all the other fea­ture films win­ners were multi-mil­lion dol­lar pro­duc­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘I am just so proud of all those in­volved.

‘‘Win­ning th­ese awards pro­vides fur­ther recog­ni­tion for the cast and crew who worked so hard on cre­at­ing Eter­nity.’’

Galvin said he couldn’t be hap­pier for ac­tor Ralph John­son, who re­ceived best sup­port­ing ac­tor.

‘‘I re­gard him as one of New Zealand’s finest ac­tors and he was absolutely su­perb in the role of Sher­lock. He owned that role.’’

Eter­nity is Galvin’s sec­ond fea­ture film, fol­low­ing When Night Falls, re­leased in 2007.

The film pre­miered at the St Tropez In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in south­ern France in Fe­bru­ary and screened at the Cin­ema des An­tipodes, part of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in May.

It won the Spe­cial Jury Prize at the Cal­i­for­nia Film Awards and screened at the Bos­ton Science Fic­tion Film Fes­ti­val.

The Madrid In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val was held from July 1 till 6.

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