Wide wardrobe range for Two Little Boys

City's op shops can match the big screen

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 16:17 11/09/2012
Maaka Pohatu and Bret McKenzie
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Two Little Boys cast members Maaka Pohatu and Bret McKenzie in Invercargill today.

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Y-front undies, a red bomber jacket, and stirrup tracksuit pants are just a few of the hot clothing items Bret McKenzie and Maaka Pohatu sport in the Southland-based film, Two Little Boys, which premieres tonight in Invercargill.

In an interview with McKenzie and Pohatu this afternoon, the Oscar-winning, Flight of the Conchords star said costumers only had to go as far as the clothing racks at Invercargill op shops to find some of the acid-washed gems that appear in the dark comedy, set in Invercargill and the Catlins in 1993.

McKenzie plays Invercargill banker Nige, who enlists the help of his estranged, slightly psychotic friend Deano, (played by Australian comedian Hamish Blake) to get rid of the body of backpacker Nige accidently kills. Matters become more complicated by the arrival of Nige's affable and worldly new friend, Gav, played by Pohatu.

McKenzie said he was nervous and excited to see how the audience would react to the film, directed by Robert Sarkies and written by Robert's brother, Duncan. McKenzie wouldn't be reciting lines as they happened on screen, but like always, he would be gauging crowd reactions around him.

''The opening of the film is right on the main street (of Invercargill) with the big statue of the soldier and there's a lot of familiar spots, like Cosy Nook and all of the Catlins looks amazing. It'll be fun to watch the locals react to it.''

Pohatu – who featured in the New Zealand play Strange Resting Places and was named ''One to Watch'' by Downstage Theatre in 2010 – said making the transition from stage to screen was not a problem.

The role just required that he said ''Ahhhh,'' a lot, and ''Ahhh, yeah?'' – and generally be easy-going, he said.

''In real life I'd probably be more forthcoming (then Gav).''

A memorable bonding moment for the actors was the scene at Curio Bay when they had to frolic in the surf with dolphins wearing ''budgie smugglers'' as the crew – dressed in clothes suitable for an Antarctic expedition filmed the action.

''We did that for four hours, running back to this generator that had a blow dryer [attached],'' McKenzie said. ''We'd blow dry the family jewels between takes then go back out.''

McKenzie said he had been touring with Flight of the Conchords in the US when he first read the script.

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''I was reading a lot of [scripts for] Hollywood studio comedies then ... so many comedies you usually don't remember. This one made me laugh out loud. It felt original.''

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