South­land stock agent stars in ad

The Southland Times - - NEWS - DAVE NICOLL

"It's all about light­ing and colours and back­ground." Terry Cairns

A South­land stock agent has been left with more cheese rolls than he can eat af­ter star­ring in a com­mer­cial for Fon­terra about the south­ern del­i­cacy.

Terry Cairns, and his 10-yearold grand­son Will Cairns, fea­ture in a re­cently made Fon­terra com­mer­cial about cheese rolls made from South­land ched­dar.

A born and bred South­lander, Cairns has been a stock agent for the past 35 years.

Cairns, a self-de­scribed techno­phobe who does not text, said his daugh­ter-in-law Deanna Cairns sent through pic­tures of him and his grand­son when Fon­terra put out a cast­ing call look­ing for grand­fa­thers and grand­sons.

The next thing he knew he got a call to come to an au­di­tion in Gore.

Those au­di­tion­ing were asked to wear work clothes and when Cairns’s wife saw what he was wear­ing to the au­di­tion, she ‘‘went off her head’’, he said.

The dirt­ier the clothes, the more the pro­duc­tion crew liked it, Cairns said.

Even­tu­ally, they were told they got the part and out of those who au­di­tioned they man­aged to get the lines right.

Cairns had been on tele­vi­sion be­fore, when he was in­ter­viewed about his work as a stock agent, but he never thought he would be the star in an ad, he said.

The ad was shot out at Long­point, near Owaka, and the film­ing took about six hours.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence had given him an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work that went into mak­ing an ad, he said.

‘‘It’s all about light­ing colours and back­ground.’’

He held the same cheese roll in his hand for al­most the whole six hours, he said.

The film crew were great to work with and there was a woman there who looked af­ter his grand­son in be­tween film­ing takes.

He ended up with quite a lot of cheese rolls af­ter film­ing, so next time there was a func­tion, the cheese rolls would be on him, Cairns said.

So far, the ad had been well re­ceived and no-one had given him a rib­bing about it yet, he said. and


In­ver­cargill stock agent Terry Cairns with some South­land cheese rolls, Terry has fea­tured, with his grand­son Will Cairns, in a na­tional Fon­terra ad, where he men­tions cheese rolls.

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