Sci-fi came from outta junk

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A New Zealand film fea­tur­ing a cast of vol­un­teers with cos­tumes and props made from re­cy­cled rub­bish has picked up awards in Lon­don, San Fran­cisco and Manch­ester.

Artist turned film­maker Chris­tian Ni­col­son scraped to­gether $100,000 to make the film, which has won awards at seven in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals and the New Zealand-based Julius Vo­gel award.

Not bad for a film that Ni­col­son said was made with props built from junk off the side of the road, and filmed on week­ends and hol­i­days.

Ni­col­son is now look­ing for- ward to bring­ing the film to Master­ton as part of the Koko­mai Festival.

This Gi­ant Papier Mache Boul­der is Ac­tu­ally Re­ally Heavy tells the story of three char­ac­ters who are whisked into a 1960s B-grade sci-fi flick and have to try to work out how to get back to the real world.

It is a homage to 1960s sci-fi, with sets and props painstak­ingly crafted to look like they were made for films of that era.

‘‘I got an email from some­one in Is­rael last week ask­ing if he could see the film on­line,’’ Ni­col­son said. ‘‘Coin­ci­den­tally it was show­ing in Tel Aviv a few days af­ter he con­tacted me. It is also show­ing in Kaza­khstan soon as well.

‘‘It has gained a lot of good pub­lic­ity from be­ing shown at var­i­ous film fes­ti­vals.

‘‘Re­cently I got a deal with dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies in the US and China, which is promis­ing. It would be great to be able to tell my wife we have made some of the money we spent on the film back.’’

* The film is show­ing at Re­gent Cin­ema in Master­ton on Satur­day October 14 at 4pm and Sun­day October 15 at 6pm. Ni­col­son will be avail­able for a Q and A ses­sion af­ter the film.

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