Exclusive first look at Eleanor Catton's The Rehearsal, to premiere in New Zealand

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The Rehearsal opens in New Zealand cinemas on September 15.

The trailer for the big-screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton's The Rehearsal has dropped, and it's looking pretty saucy.

Kiwis will be the first in the world to see the film when Auckland hosts the world premiere in July, as part of The New Zealand International Film Festival.

Catton became a household name when she won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for her second novel The Luminaries, which is being made into a BBC miniseries.

The young cast of The Rehearsal.

The young cast of The Rehearsal.

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Starring James Rolleston (Boy) and Kerry Fox (The Dressmaker), The Rehearsal follows a group of teenages as they learn their saxophone teacher has been having an affair with a student.

Eleanor Catton's book The Rehearsal has been adapted for the big screen, which will premiere at the NZIFF in June.
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Eleanor Catton's book The Rehearsal has been adapted for the big screen, which will premiere at the NZIFF in June.

Kiwi internet sensation Jamie Curry and country singer Marlon Williams also star in the film.

Catton wrote The Rehearsal for her creative writing Master's thesis at Victoria University aged 22, and the script was co-written by award-winning novelist Emily Perkins, and Alison Maclean, who directs the film. 

The film has brought 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.

James Rolleston in The Rehearsal.

James Rolleston in The Rehearsal.

The Rehearsal will screen as the centrepiece presentation of the Auckland NZIFF programme on Saturday, 23 July at the Civic Theatre.

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Further festival screening dates will be confirmed for Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

Kerry Fox and James Rolleston in The Rehearsal.
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Kerry Fox and James Rolleston in The Rehearsal.

 - Stuff

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