17 Jun 2010

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Festival World Premiere for Wellington Filmmaker

The NZ International Film Festival will open in Wellington next month with the world premiere of Predicament.

The NZ-made feature stars Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, musician Tim Finn and is directed by Wellington filmmaker Jason Stutter.

The opening night film is a key slot in the Festival line-up which opens in Wellington on July 16. Jane Campion’s Bright Star opened the Festival in 2009.

“Predicament is such a great strange book and it’s been tempting filmmakers since the day it first appeared,” says Festival Director Bill Gosden.

“Jason Stutter’s pleasure in filming it fairly jumps off the screen. He’s drawn great comic performances from Tim Finn, Jemaine Clement and newcomer Hayden Frost. Nothing could please us more than celebrating so much local talent on our Opening and Closing nights.”

Predicament is a crime comedy from the novel of the same name by Ronald Hugh Morrison, author of New Zealand classics Came A Hot Friday and The Scarecrow. The film will close the Auckland leg of the Festival on July 25 after its world premiere in Wellington.

"To have Predicament's first public screening in my favourite city in the world is just brilliant. The Wellington film family have put a lot of love into this movie, it feels right to show it at home first and to open the festival is a real honour," says director Jason Stutter.

“A large part of Predicament's cast and crew also come from Auckland, so how fantastic the film will close the festival there, we're very fortunate,” says Stutter.

The NZ International Film Festival programme will be available online and around town from Friday. Tickets go on sale through Ticketek from Tuesday 22 June.

The New Zealand Film Festival Trust is a charitable trust established in 1996 to develop, support, encourage and enhance knowledge, awareness and understanding of cinema, and aims to promote opportunities for New Zealanders to experience a wider range of world cinema than would otherwise be available to them.

For further information about the NZ International Film Festival or to arrange an interview with Festival Director Bill Gosden please contact:

Wellington and all other regions - Rebecca McMillan 0274 555 061 rebecca@nzff.co.nz
Auckland - Anders Falstie-Jensen 0274 455 793 anders@nzff.co.nz