Airport turns Aussie as Mr Pip shoot starts

04:35, Aug 15 2011

Around 120 South Canterbury movie extras will descend on Richard Pearse Airport on Monday as filming for Mister Pip gets under way.

The airport, north of Timaru, will double as the airport at Australian mining town Mt Isa.

The movie, adapted by Kiwi director Andrew Adamson, who directed Shrek and the Narnia movies, stars actor Hugh Laurie.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Mister Pip tells the story of the last white man left in war-torn Papua New Guinea, who reopens a school and inspires pupils by reading the novel Great Expectations.

Last month, extras casting co-ordinator Yvonne Bennetts called for people in a range of age groups for the movie. She was also on the lookout for vehicles from 1993 and earlier, particularly utes and trucks and Holdens and Fords.

Filming will continue in Oamaru on Tuesday and is expected to take a week.


The Timaru Herald