October 1, 2008

A Crowning Moment for Geraldine Man

By COMER, Rachael

SOUTH CANTERBURY will serve as the backdrop for a romantic movie being produced by a Geraldine man.

Peter Frahm will begin production on Monday of The China Cup, a screenplay he has written and will also star in.

The movie, which will be filmed in Temuka, Orari, Woodbury and Te Moana Gorge, has been more than a year in the making and will fulfil a long-time dream for Frahm.

"This is something I have always wanted to do," he said.

The story follows an old musician (Frahm), his daughter (Debbie Treadwell), a barmaid (Alice Sollis) and a china cup as the main ingredients of a sometimes humorous Kiwi love story from the gravel roads of life.

The cast of 31 is made up mainly of local talent, with others from Auckland, Southland and Christchurch, plus a large number of extras.

Musicians from around the country will also feature.

The screenplay will be directed by Woodbury woman Fiona McKenzie, and Frahm said without her assistance, expertise and experience the project would never have got this far.

The film soundtrack has been written by Marian Burns.

The 90-minute movie has been funded by a number of South Canterbury businesses, with a large number of people giving up their time to help out, Frahm said.

Some of the film will be shot in Temuka's Crown Hotel, and it will close for a couple of evenings for production to take place.

"It's all coming along very nicely," the producer said.

Once completed the film will be shown locally and Frahm also hopes to get it into a number of film festivals.

"And once we get going we will put it out on DVD."

It is hoped more movies will be made in the future, using people from around the region.

"We want to carry on using local talent. We are very lucky that we have a load of people with talent around here," he said.


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