Feature film to be shot around Kāpiti
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.