Crown’s Kirby keen for Kiwi M:I6 pre­miere

The Dominion Post - - Culture - JAMES CROOT

Those hop­ing for a New Zealand pre­miere for the partly Kiwi-shot Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 6 have re­ceived a boost from one of its stars.

English ac­tress Vanessa Kirby said it would be amaz­ing if the cast could re­assem­ble here to cel­e­brate the re­lease of the film. It is sched­uled to de­but in New Zealand cin­e­mas on Au­gust 2.

Speak­ing while across the ditch pro­mot­ing the re­turn of Net­flix’s The Crown, the 30-year-old, who plays Princess Mar­garet in the big­bud­get pe­riod drama, said she loved her time shoot­ing in and around Queen­stown in June. ‘‘But re­ally, I didn’t get to spend enough time there. We were film­ing from very early in the morn­ing and it was in­tense. But it was beau­ti­ful, oh my God. And some of my best friends are Ki­wis as well. I love you guys.’’

New Zealand was one of a num­ber of lo­ca­tions used by the glo­be­trot­ting pro­duc­tion, with the cast and crew spend­ing the sec­ond­half in June shoot­ing in the Ne­vis and Rees val­leys in Cen­tral Otago.

Sets in­cluded a prison-type struc­ture that had been built to repli­cate Iraq.

Lit­tle is known about Kirby’s char­ac­ter in the lat­est in­stal­ment of the ac­tion fran­chise, al­though pho­tos have emerged of her kiss­ing Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, spark­ing ru­mours that the actors are an item.

Di­rected by Christo­pher McQuar­rie, the movie also stars Si­mon Pegg, Re­becca Ferguson, Michelle Mon­aghan, Angela Bas­sett and Henry Cav­ill.

by Jan Bol­well, how­ever, takes a fas­ci­nat­ing look at a pair of fe­male moun­taineers whose achieve­ments have gone al­most un­no­ticed.

The fact that both are fe­male, and con­tro­versy sur­rounded their sporting prow­ess, may also be a fac­tor in their lack of recog­ni­tion.

The suc­cess in their moun­tain climb­ing is sep­a­rated by al­most 90 years, yet the struc­ture of Bol­well’s play is such that the in­ter­weav­ing and jux­ta­po­si­tion of their lives and the ob­sta­cles they had to over­come to achieve suc­cess are not too dis­sim­i­lar.

The first is Australian Freda du Faur, who in 1910 was the first woman to climb Ao­raki/Mt Cook. The sec­ond is New Zealan­der Ly­dia Bradey, who in 1988 was the first woman to get to the sum­mit of Mt Ever­est with­out sup­ple­men­tal oxy­gen. Through the play we meet young Freda (Iso­bel MacKin­non) and older Freda (Jan Bol­well) look­ing back on her life, along with Ly­dia (Emily Reg­tien), and

Vanessa Kirby, left, stars along­side Angela Bas­sett, Re­becca Ferguson and Michelle Mon­aghan in Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 6.

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