A 90-minute movie put together by a dozen Hutt Valley High School students and their teacher Bernard Beckett is about to have its premiere at Paramount Theatre in Wellington.
Mr Beckett, a drama teacher at the school, is also a prolific writer, with a string of successful books for young adults to his credit as well as a newly-published book for adults - Acid Song. But it was a desire to involve students in tackling something a bit different from the usual college fare stage productions that saw him pen the screenplay for Limbo.
Jane Mulligan, one of the students who successfully auditioned to be part of the project at the beginning of the year, says the crew is staying tight-lipped about the plotline until the 23 September premiere. But very loosely it involves a boy "whose day is not going well" hooking up with another and breaking into their school at night. That starts a chain of unintended consequences, she says. The limbo refers to them ‘being caught between worlds'.
Mr Beckett says they spent two terms "rehearsing intensively" the film's acting, then at the last school holidays camped in at the school for a week to shoot most of the action. "We've been doing pick up shots over the last couple of weeks."
Jane says the film is no "silly school thing...it's semi-professional".
"We certainly have been doing our damndest to make it as professional as we can," Mr Beckett agrees.
- The premiere of Limbo is at Paramount Theatre, Courtenay Place, on Tuesday, 23 September at 6.30pm. Tickets cost $10 from the school office.