Set to walk the red carpet
A Marlborough woman will be the envy of hobbit-heads throughout the land when she walks the red carpet at the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington today.
Grandstands have been erected to seat the thousands of people expected to line the streets of inner-city Wellington to catch a glimpse of Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving as they walk the 500 metres of carpet to the theatre.
Ainsley Kelly, of Rapaura, worked as a travel broker on the film, which is the first in a trilogy directed by Sir Peter Jackson and filmed at various locations around New Zealand.
Ms Kelly said she was excited and honoured to be invited to attend the premiere, and believes she will be the only Marlburian on the guest list.
She will wear shoes by Ted Baker and a colourful dress by Australian designer Honey and Beau, both of which she bought in Marlborough.
"I am pleased that I could get something to wear at the event from Marlborough retailers."
She will be accompanied by her partner, furniture retailer Rob Bruce.
Ms Kelly arranged travel for the cast and crew on the Hobbit from her home office in Rapuara, often working 15-hour days.
"It has been a busy couple of years. It is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week operation.
"If there is a laptop and phone, I'm in business."
Before working on The Hobbit Ms Kelly was based in Wellington, where she arranged travel for other Peter Jackson productions including The Lovely Bones, The Adventures of Tintin as well as the 3D movie Avatar, directed by James Cameron.
She said she will be working right up to the beginning of the event and will have her laptop with her - although not on the red carpet - just in case she needs it.
The red carpet event starts at 4.30pm leading up to the premiere screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 7pm.
The Marlborough Express