Eleanor Catton's first book The Rehearsal has been turned into a movie
Filming has finished and editing is underway for the film adaptation of Eleanor Catton' first novel The Rehearsal.
The project has brought Kiwi director Alison Maclean back to New Zealand after a long period overseas, directing films and episodes of popular series including Sex and the City and The Tudors.
In The Rehearsal, which Catton wrote for her creative writing Master's thesis at Victoria University aged 22, a group of teens are shocked to learn their saxophone teacher has been having an affair with a student. Meanwhile, drama students use the event as creative fodder for their final show.
Catton won the Man Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries, which is being made into a BBC miniseries.
The script for The Rehearsal was co-written by Maclean and award-winning novelist Emily Perkins.
The producers are Bridget Ikin (who worked with Maclean on the short film Kitchen Sink and feature film Crush) and Trevor Haysom.
Production started last August, with a stellar cast including James Rolleston from Boy, Kerry Fox, Miranda Harcourt, Tandi Wright, internet sensation Jamie Curry and country singer Marlon Williams.
Publicist Sue May said the film was still in editing and there was no release date as yet.