Niece a movie star
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.
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.
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.