Film-maker heaps praise on Catlins

21:03, Feb 02 2011
Bret McKenzie and Hamish Blake
SET FOR LUNCH: Two lucky Kiwis (or Aussies) will have lunch on the set of Two Little Boys with Bret McKenzie and Hamish Blake.

After two weeks in the Catlins getting up close and personal with the wildlife and dealing with the weather, the cast and crew of Two Little Boys are returning to Invercargill.

Producer Vicky Pope said it was a bit sad to be leaving the area.

''It's such a beautiful place and we have been having many adventures here. We have shot some extraordinary material since we have been here,'' she said.

''We have had the actors interacting with wildlife and have shot scenes with sea lions, dolphins and penguins. That has been pretty amazing. Those are scenes that deep down inside I always wondered if we would be able to film them.''

Pope said the cast and crew had a great time with the community, with many of them leaving messages on the Two Little Boys movie Facebook page and chatting to them.

''We have had ongoing communication with locals along the way and I think for everyone it has been a very positive experience,'' she said.


''We have had these extraordinary locations to use as a backdrop to the film, and in spite of the fact the weather has been quite demanding at times and we have had to think quickly and creatively, it has been beautiful.

''The moments we have needed to have beautiful weather we have got it,'' Pope said.

The final scenes to be shot in the Catlins were finished yesterday and the cast and crew of more than 80 people will return to Invercargill today. Filming finishes on February 23.

As the final Catlins scenes were filmed it was announced that two  people will get the chance to spend time on set and have lunch with the film's stars, Bret McKenzie and Hamish Blake.

Pope said it was an exciting opportunity and would be a lot of fun. Air New Zealand had been an amazing support to the film, she said, and did not know if they could have made the film without them.

''It is a really important partnership for us.''

The competition is open to people in New Zealand and Australia and includes flights and accommodation for two people, and will include Mayor Tim Shadbolt welcoming the winners at Invercargill Airport.

Entrants need to explain, in 40 words or fewer, the funniest experience they have had with their best friend.

More information on the competition can be found at Two Little Boys movie on Facebook.

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