Invers glams it up for stars
Fancy frocks sat beside mullets and checked shirts in Invercargill yesterday as fans and stars braved the weather for the much-anticipated premiere of Two Little Boys.
Australian actor Hamish Blake - who plays one of the main characters, Deano, in the film - declared it to be a "tropical" evening for Invers.
While Blake was enjoying the "warm snow", his partner-in-crime and co-star Bret McKenzie was having to deal with sign envy.
The Flight of the Conchords star said he felt a little jealous when he spotted a giant poster with "We Love Hamish" on it.
McKenzie had to settle for a wee placard that simply read "Brett". At least it had an extra "T".
However, both actors said they were excited about the film's premiere and thanked fans for their support.
"Some of the fans have been waiting outside in the cold for hours," McKenzie said.
Two Little Boys' director Robert Sarkies said he hoped moviegoers would fall in love with a "truly Kiwi film".
"It is packed with some great New Zealand actors and some fantastic Kiwi music," he said.
The Southland scenery was also an integral part of the film's charm, he said.
Maaka Pohatu, who plays Gav, appeared a little uneasy with the star treatment on the night but said he had a great time during the making of the film.
"It was my first real film experience," he said.
Before the arrival of the stars, fans who had purchased tickets to the gala premiere had the chance to dress in their finery and stroll down the red carpet.
The Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra, of which McKenzie is a member, kept the crowd musically entertained.
Those brave fans who did not have tickets to the film lined the barrier and waited in the cold and drizzle hoping to glimpse the "Two Little Boys".
Katherine Robertson and Kendal Cosgrove, both 15, arrived early and were rewarded when they got a chance to grab a hug from Blake and McKenzie.
Last but not least, after the actors had their chance to shine, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt led a group of dignitaries, including his partner Asha Dutt and Southland District Mayor Frana Cardno, down the red carpet before the party moved inside the Civic Theatre.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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