What if you knew there was a cure for cancer, but you couldn't tell anyone? That's the question behind a new, self-funded Kiwi film due to begin shooting in Wellington soon.
Outrageous Fortune's Antonia Prebble and Australian actor Daniel Lissing will star in David Gould's thriller The Cure, which will be filmed from November 2 in Wellington and Upper Hutt.
Prebble stars as Beth, a biochemist who discovers the pharmaceutical company she works for developed a cure for cancer years ago, but failed to release it because it would harm its drug sales.
Writer and director Gould said he was inspired by the idea of what three different people would do, given the prize of a cure for cancer.
"Being given something so unique brings out both the good and bad in people . . . The film has a lot of heart but also takes you on an action rollercoaster ride."
The movie is set in San Diego and the actors will be playing Americans.
Gould has gone to great lengths to ensure accuracy in the pharmaceutical and scientific side of his project. George Slim, who has a doctorate in chemistry, was brought on board to help with the technical stuff.
Dr Slim says he's looking forward to building a convincing set. "You wouldn't get away with using a saucepan upside down in a cooking show, so why is the equivalent in a lab OK on film?"
Gould, an Australian, has worked with Weta Digital on Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Adventures of Tintin, in between making the short films Awaken and Inseparable Coil in Australia.
Awaken won at the Australian festivals In the Bin and Sydney's Animation Festival. It appeared last month in the Unscripted Art Exhibition in Wellington.
Gould has also played a role in developing film technology, including an award-winning laser rendering system.
He says New Zealand is a great place to make a film, even without a billion-dollar budget.
- The Dominion Post