Maiden’s Blushhas million-dollar look
A new New Zealand movie shot by an Otaki cinematographer was partly filmed in Porirua.
Great Maiden’s Blush premiered at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington on May 2.
The feature-length film was shot over nine weeks in Porirua and Wellington by Wellington directors Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader. Otaki’s Waka Attewell headed the cinematography.
The film’s title comes from the name of an old rose, and some footage was shot in a private rose garden in Waikanae’s Te Moana Rd.
The shooting was split between Wellington streets, and a set built in Porirua using Whitireia Polytechnic teaching facilities, which are already built to simulate a hospital.
The contemporary drama has received positive reviews. Its plot follows two mothers from different backgrounds who share a maternity ward and forge an alliance.
‘‘It’s incredibly intelligent, it looks like a million dollars, but it was done on a very small budget,’’ Attewell said.
‘‘It’s character driven and incredibly tense, and the audience enjoy it because it’s like unpacking a Russian doll – just as you think you’ve worked it out, there’s a shift.’’
Attewell has worked with some of New Zealand’s foremost screen talent, and collected a haul of awards during his career, but said this film was a game changer to create.
‘‘Andrea and Shane don’t work like any other directors I’ve worked with.
‘‘These days everything is time versus money.
‘‘You end up cutting corners because the whole thing is money-driven, whereas for Great Maiden’s Blush we put the time into making the movie … finding the movie among the script.
‘‘It allowed more space for the actors to find the moment, it allows more time to make the moment pleasurable.
‘‘Everyone who’s watched it has said they haven’t seen anything like it in years and years, it’s good.’’
Great Maiden’s Blush is showing in 52 cinemas nationally.
Miriama McDowell, as Bunny, in The Great Maiden’s Blush, part of which was shot in Porirua.