Ka¯piti film­could hap­pen next year


A story about a girl with ‘‘a lit­tle bit ex­tra’’ - the Down syn­drome chro­mo­some - is to be made into a film.

Writer-di­rec­tor Linda Nic­col, of Rau­mati in Ka¯piti, says the ‘‘time has come’’ for her story Poppy, - a decade in the mak­ing.

Re­cently gain­ing sup­port from the New Zealand Film Com­mis­sion for de­vel­op­ment, it tells the story of a girl want­ing to over­come the odds stacked against her, tak­ing con­trol of her in­de­pen­dence and des­tiny.

Nic­col be­lieved it was an idea ahead of its time.

‘‘It’s al­ways frus­trat­ing won­der­ing if your film idea will ever be made, but I’m so glad that it has sat around for a while. So­ci­ety has changed its at­ti­tude to­ward peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, so if it had been made years ago it may have been com­pletely dif­fer­ent - if at all.’’

In pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the story, Poppy was the one re­jected. How­ever, time had al­lowed Nic­col to de­velop the story with Poppy the one to re­ject those putting her in the ‘‘dis­abil­ity box’’.

Nic­col had just re­turned from the United States where her screen­play was given a staged read­ing at the Lady Film­mak­ers Fes­ti­val in Bev­erly Hills.

While it was still early days, Nic­col said Poppy would be filmed in Ka¯piti and, all go­ing to plan, by late next year. She was work­ing with Auck­land-based pro­ducer Su­san Parker.

She looked for­ward to ex­plor­ing the script fur­ther and rewrit­ing as nec­es­sary, be­fore na­tion­wide cast­ing and pro­duc­tion con­tin­ued. .’’ To have a film made in New Zealand, Nic­col would also have one over on her younger brother An­drew Nic­col, a Hol­ly­wood­based screen­writer and di­rec­tor.

‘‘An­drew’s never made a film in New Zealand - he jumped ship early on. But while over there I caught up with him, which was nice. He’s right into his sci­ence fic­tion at the mo­ment.’’

Re­leased this year, his lat­est film Anon is a sci­ence fic­tion thriller star­ring Clive Owens and Amanda Seyfried. His ear­lier films in­cluded Good Kill, The Host, In Time, Lord of War, Si­mone, and Gat­taca. He also wrote the screen­play for The Tru­man Show.

Linda Nic­col’s own screen ca­reer be­gan in 2006. Her work in­cludes The Hand­ker­chief, Sec­ond-Hand Wed­ding, Danger­ous Ride, Lor­raine, and The Book Lovers.


Kapiti wri­ter­di­rec­tor Linda Nic­col, left, with the Bev­er­ley Hills cast and crew for the staged read­ing of Nic­col’s story Poppy - The Girl With A Lit­tle Bit Ex­tra - at the Lady Film­mak­ers Fes­ti­val last week.

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