Weather plays havoc with Two Little Boys premiere

NOW SHOWING: Two Little Boys director Robert Sarkies, left, his partner, producer Vicky Pope, their 6-month-old son Max Sarkies, and writer Duncan Sarkies check out the setup for the film’s premiere at Invercargill's Civic Theatre.
NOW SHOWING: Two Little Boys director Robert Sarkies, left, his partner, producer Vicky Pope, their 6-month-old son Max Sarkies, and writer Duncan Sarkies check out the setup for the film’s premiere at Invercargill's Civic Theatre.

The red carpet is ready, the projector is in position and organisers are hoping the weather does not disrupt any more of the premiere of Two Little Boys tonight.

Director Robert Sarkies visited the theatre yesterday along with his brother, writer Duncan Sarkies, and producer Vicky Pope.

Robert said he was "totally blown away" by the scale of the work and what the city had done to welcome them.

"Not just the big things, which in this case is an entire 35mm projection setup in a theatre not really designed for that, but the little things," he said.

"We arrived at the hotel room and there was a personal note from the mayor welcoming us to the city and asking us to make the city home. And a little bottle of whisky which will be good to calm the pre-show nerves."

To come back and be so warmly welcomed was like coming home, Pope said.

They had been in contact with both the film's stars, Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame and Hamish Blake from Australian comedy duo Hamish and Andy, and they were "buzzing" about the premiere, Robert said.

"Hamish in particular, he's just been waiting for this night forever, a year really. We can't wait, it's exciting." Bad weather was expected to clear by 5pm, and he hoped people would turn out to celebrate the film and enjoy the planned entertainment, he said.

Meanwhile, a specially-made projector room has been fitted inside the theatre to accommodate the 35mm film projector, brought down from Gore, which will play the movie.

Theatre house technician John Hodges said the box was modular, and would be stored at the theatre.

A fire door and ventilation system had been fitted and it was sound-proof and capable of running both film and digital projectors.

Special trusses had to be built so the room could sit on the slanted floor, and seats were removed from the back of the theatre to accommodate it.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

While a few changes have been made because of rough weather, the New Zealand premiere of Two Little Boys will be held at the Civic Theatre tonight. Premiere organiser Anna Dean said Southland band Rhythmonyx was to launch the outdoor entertainment at 5pm but would no longer perform because of the bad weather. They would be replaced with a DJ.

The red carpet had also been moved and would now start between the Invercargill City Council building and St John's Church on Esk St and finish at the east entrance of the theatre, meaning Tay St would not be closed. The mullet competition is scheduled for 5.30pm at the outdoor stage on Tay St. The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra was to play from 6pm, but Ms Dean warned outdoor entertainment would be weather dependant. The pre-screening function for ticket-holders begins at 5.30pm, and people must be seated in the theatre by 6.45pm.

kimberley.crayton-brown@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times