Action: Fake guns, real cops
Four police units sealed off Mangorei Rd to assess whether they had a shooter on their handsKIRSTY MCMURRAY
A New Plymouth father and son whose gun-toting filmaking antics prompted a police callout early this month have launched their movie online.
The film, titled 'Action Day: The Day the Daily News Came Round', features actor Karl Drinkwater dressed in camouflage and shooting unseen enemies with a replica machine gun.
Published on youtube, the movie has had 251 views.
When the film was shot in Mr Drinkwater's backyard, a member of the public called police about a man with a gun roaming the streets near Mangorei School and sparked a swift response.
Four police units sealed off Mangorei Rd to assess whether they had a shooter on their hands, but found Mr Drinkwater wasn't the villain he appeared to be.
Police advised Mr Drinkwater that while what he was doing wasn't illegal or wrong, he should have let the police and his neighbours know what he was doing.
''It's not necessarily dangerous. It's just silly. If he is going to do this he should have rung us first because people do ring us when they see a firearm. They take it seriously and we take it seriously,'' Sergeant Bruce Irvine said.
In a description of the movie, Mr Drinkwater said it was a holiday film project, and the credits suggest the filming was done by his son.
''After the visit from the police, we continued to shoot in my back yard and completed the film,'' he said.
Sensibly, the Drinkwaters added other special effects in the film, including a helicopter crashing and a bomb going off, post-production.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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