Niece a movie star

The Leader (Nelson) - - News - By MATT LAWREY

AGer­man film star­ring an upand-com­ing ac­tress who once went to Ro­toiti Area School was given a very per­sonal pre­miere at State Cinemas last week.

Nel­son artist Ron­nie Martin’s Ber­lin-based niece Alice Dwyer is one of the stars of the award-win­ning film Re­mem­brance and last Fri­day’s spe­cial screen­ing was at­tended by friends and fam­ily keen to see her in ac­tion.

The 22-year-old ac­tress spent a year liv­ing in St Ar­naud with her New Zealand mother, Ron­nie’s sis­ter An­gela Dwyer, in the early 1990s.

She started act­ing at the age of 12 and since then has ap­peared in 48 movies and TV shows. Re­mem­brance is her first to re­ceive a New Zealand re­lease and in it she plays a Jewish girl who, along with a Pol­ish boy, man­ages to es­cape a con­cen­tra­tion camp. The film based on a true story tells the tale of what hap­pens when the two meet up later in life.

Ron­nie said as a child Alice was ‘‘very strong willed but very fair minded and very creative’’.

She said the only time she has spent in New Zealand was that year she went to Ro­toiti School but she had a ‘‘real pas­sion’’ for the coun­try and wants to spend time here in the fu­ture.

Ron­nie said her per­for­mance Re­mem­brance is fab­u­lous.

‘‘It’s sen­sa­tional. It’s re­ally pow­er­ful,’’ she said.

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The last time Ron­nie saw Alice was two years ago in Ger­many. ‘‘She had just fin­ished mak­ing Re­mem­brance and she had lost a lot of weight for the role. I was con­cerned, as was her mother,’’ Ron­nie said.

Peo­ple dressed up for the film’s Nel­son pre­miere which saw nib­bles and bub­bles served and Alice got a kick out of hear­ing about it.

Bon­nie said Alice is cur­rently film­ing her first English lan­guage fea­ture in Vi­enna and she hoped to visit New Zealand later in the year. Re­mem­brance is on now at State Cinemas.

Photo: MATT LAWREY

Proud as punch: Nel­son woman Ron­nie Martin, left, holds a photo of her Ger­man movie star niece Alice Dwyer, one of the stars of the film Re­mem­brance. With her are her mother Valaria Mills and hus­band David Marsh who is hold­ing the film’s poster.

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