Fea­ture film to be shot around Kāpiti

Kapiti News - - Front Page - David Hax­ton

A fea­ture film that will be shot in Kāpiti has been granted fund­ing from the New Zealand Film Com­mis­sions’s 125 Fund.

Poppy, writ­ten and di­rected by Linda Nic­col (Sec­ond Hand Wed­ding) and pro­duced by Su­san Parker, is about a young Down syn­drome woman who as­sumes she’s en­ti­tled to live her life like ev­ery­one else, yet the per­son she trusts most puts her in the ‘dis­abil­ity’ box, forc­ing her to take con­trol of her des­tiny.

Launched in June this year, the 125 Fund is a unique in­vest­ment fund for dra­matic fea­tures in any genre.

Of­fer­ing in­vest­ment of $1.25 mil­lion each for up to two projects where the di­rec­tor and at least one other key cre­ative is a woman, the fund was de­signed to en­cour­age more women to sub­mit fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

New Zealand is cel­e­brat­ing 125 years of women’s suf­frage in this year.

“Su­san and I are ab­so­lutely thrilled about the an­nounce­ment and the sup­port of our project from the com­mis­sion,” Linda said.

“It is won­der­ful to be recog­nised with the 125 Fund that cel­e­brates coura­geous New Zealand fe­male film­mak­ers.”

She said the story would be “firmly set in film-friendly

Kāpiti and will be shot here with the ex­cep­tion of the burnout seg­ment which will be filmed in the Wairarapa”.

“Cast­ing will com­mence in the new year when we will start look­ing for the right ac­tor to por­tray Poppy, and film­ing is sched­uled for later in 2019.”

Linda said the script was in­spired by an early draft of a short film by col­lab­o­ra­tor Jeff Simmonds.

“I rewrote it into a short story and in­cluded it in my col­lec­tion The Tem­per­a­ture of Water.

“The fea­ture film ver­sion gath­ered mo­men­tum from there.

“It was fur­ther in­spired by a won­der­ful young woman, Poppy An­der­son, who I met lo­cally.

“I’ve spent most of this year to­tally re­work­ing the script and I’m very ex­cited to move on to the di­rect­ing stage of the project.”

Two other films to re­ceive the grant fund­ing were Hawk Moun­tain and The Jus­tice of Bunny King.

Poppy An­der­son is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the film Poppy to be filmed next year.

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