Japanese film to be shot at precinct
'Oamaru is a great place to film'DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Oamaru's Victorian precinct is to act as the backdrop for a Japanese television movie about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, with filming set to take place next week.
Oamaru will represent several South American countries as well as the United States and Cuba when the cameras are rolling between July 22 and 25.
The movie is about an American man who helped bring the 1964 Olympics to the Japanese capital, titled Tokyo Olympics '64.
Whitestone Civic Trust heritage co-ordinator Faye Ormandy says several scenes will be shot on Harbour St, the area behind Harbour St, Tees St and Itchen St.
Though Harbour St will be closed temporarily on July 23, most businesses in the area will remain open and pedestrian traffic will not be greatly affected.
Between 60 and 70 crew will be on site for the duration of filming.
Ormandy says the crew filmed in Oamaru several years ago and were aware of what the precinct had to offer.
Ican Models and Talent are seeking male and female extras with multi-ethnic backgrounds to feature in the background of several scenes, and there is also potential for small feature roles.
Ormandy says the latest film crew to visit Oamaru shows the town is becoming increasingly popular with international film-makers.
"There's been four inquiries in June alone. I think people are recognising that Oamaru is a great place to film. We have some fantastic locations in the district.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being involved in the movie as an extra.
- The Timaru Herald