Sci-fi came from outta junk
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.