Teenage film­maker is dream­ing big

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A 19-year-old Auck­land stu­dent’s love of film is help­ing her re­alise her dreams of be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful film­maker.

Rose Goldthorp, who idolises Lord of the Rings di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son, is al­ready busy with pre­pro­duc­tion on her fourth fea­ture film.

While her first two fea­tures were 45 min­utes in length and shot when she was 15 and 16 re­spec­tively, she is now aim­ing for her third and fourth films to be a full 90 min­utes each.

How­ever, Goldthorp, who boards in Al­bany, be­lieves her age has thus far been a stum­bling block in get­ting com­mer­cial fi­nance for her projects.

‘‘My poor, poor mother gives me a small bud­get (for each film), but she com­plains a lot. I’d like to re­ceive full fund­ing, but no­body is go­ing to give mil­lions to a kid.

‘‘So hope­fully they’ll give me money when I’m in my twen­ties,’’ she said.

And al­though she’s had to make do with mi­cro bud­gets, she’s luck­ily had var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als of­fer­ing their ser­vices for free.

‘‘I al­ways tell them I can pro­vide them with net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and a (film) credit, but not money,’’ she said.

Goldthorp grew up in a farm­house in France and said she was iso­lated from tech­nol­ogy for most of her child­hood.

‘‘We did have a 2500-book li­brary, so ba­si­cally I did noth­ing but read, and then I took to writ­ing short scripts,’’ said Goldthorp.

It wasn’t un­til she watched the orig­i­nal 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film on DVD – an ex­pe­ri­ence she vividly re­mem­bers – that she knew what she wanted to do with her life.

‘‘I would like to make money as a writer and di­rec­tor, and make my own films.’’

It was only 10 years later, Goldthorp started mak­ing her own films.

How­ever, Goldthorp is re­al­is­tic about her chances of mak­ing a full-time liv­ing as a film­maker, and there­fore she’s study­ing to­wards a bach­e­lor de­gree in com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies at Auck­land Univer­sity.

‘‘I wanted to have a back-up plan. I didn’t study film as I’m not book­ish smart. The film de­gree is very hard, and I was scared that I might not make it to the next round,’’ she said.

The New Zealand Film Com­mis­sion’s head of tal­ent de­vel­op­ment Dale Cor­lett said the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion had made film­mak­ing a lot more ac­ces­si­ble, and a lot of young peo­ple are mak­ing con­tent.

Cor­lett con­firmed that Goldthorp is ‘‘one of very few’’ New Zealan­ders to have made so many fea­ture films at her age.

Crowd­fund­ing web­sites like Boosted, a New Zealand-based arts crowd­fund­ing plat­form, and in­ter­na­tional site Kick­starter are work­ing re­ally well for young peo­ple to get back­ing for their projects, Cor­lett said, but Goldthorp is well aware of the strug­gle to fund her dreams.

‘‘Money is the eter­nal suf­fer­ing, I am very lucky to have got any­thing done with­out it,’’ Goldthorp said.

‘‘I'd like to re­ceive full fund­ing, but no­body is go­ing to give mil­lions to a kid’’

‘‘My last two films I have done as a mi­nor, so peo­ple have very kindly lent me lo­ca­tions for free, but, peo­ple think films cost a lot, but when you tell them the ac­tual cost, they’re hor­ri­fied.’’

Goldthorp’s next film and her third fea­ture, Fleur’s Se­cret, is dif­fer­ent from her pre­vi­ous work not only in ap­proach but also genre.

‘‘This one is sup­posed to be se­ri­ous be­cause you can only write so much com­edy.

‘‘It’s a drama. I wanted to address some is­sues, and I thought a large one to address is al­co­holism.

‘‘This one is hope­fully go­ing to be my call­ing card, we’ve got a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple on it, and they are hop­ing to make it look re­ally good.’’

Goldthorp is scout­ing for two farm­houses, with views out to sheds or fields, in ru­ral west Auck­land lo­ca­tions for film­ing in De­cem­ber-Jan­uary.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Rose’s film projects or to get in con­tact with her visit www.dark­rose.co.nz

LAWRENCE SMITH/STUFF

At 19 years old, Rose Goldthorp is cur­rently work­ing on her third fea­ture film, which ad­dresses the is­sue of al­co­holism.

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Rose Goldthorp on the set of one of her ear­lier fea­ture films, which were both come­dies.

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