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Surprise party guests thrill Hobbit fans

Published: 7:12AM Monday November 26, 2012 Source: ONE News

Hundreds of diehard Hobbit fans got lucky in Wellington tonight when Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood made a surprise appearance at the pre-premiere costume party.

The director and star of the film arrived at the party unannounced and were overwhelmed by the response from fans.

"They're incredibly enthusiastic and passionate and supportive and wonderful," Wood told ONE News.

"I didn't even know the party was on until earlier when Peter said, 'Do you want to come?'"

Jackson himself made arrived to the party fresh from putting the finishing touches to the film.

"I've just really come straight here from the sound studio where we are working on the mix of the film," Jackson revealed.

Earlier today, Wingnut Films confirmed the movie was ready for Wednesday's world premiere in Wellington, but Jackson's comments indicate some last-minute improvements are still being made.

Tolkien enthusiasts have travelled from all over the world to attend the premiere and created elaborate costumes especially for tonight's party.

Zac Mennen and Brett Butt came from Australia and say they cannot remember how much they spent on their detailed outfits.

"I lost count in the two thousand dollars somewhere," Mennen told ONE News.

These fans are just two of around 600 who attended the party, which brought together people from at least 16 different countries.

Kiwi actor Jed Brophy who plays Nori the dwarf in the films took on the role of master of ceremonies at the party.

"This is who we are making the films for ," he said. "These are the hardcore fans and it's nice to give something back.

"They've travelled an awful long way and I think for them not to have some of the actors from the film there would be a bit sad, so the Kiwis are here to fly the flag."

"It is done"

Sir Peter Jackson posted a behind-the-scenes video  to Facebook on Saturday showing post-production teams working around the clock to put finishing touches on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The director said the film would not be completed until 48 hours before the first official screening on Wednesday evening, however post-production members tweeted late last night the film was finally complete.

Park Road Post Production worker Daniel Eady tweeted: "Done and Dusted on Film 1 - Drink time #hobbit".

Senior online editor Rob Gordon said "it is done".

"Get ready world, HFR (High Frame Rate) is coming your way. Are you ready?"

HFR refers to projectors capable of showing 48 frames per second or 60fps, used for the first time in Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

Wingnut Films spokesperson Matthew Dravitzki confirmed today the first film was finished.

The news comes as stars from the film arrived in New Zealand ahead of the premiere, with at least four of the actors flying in yesterday and more expected to follow.

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Andy Serkis (Gollum), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) and Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) were all spotted at Auckland Airport yesterday.

New Zealand audiences will be able to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when it hits screens on December 13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is due for release in December 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again is due out in July 2014.

ONE News and will have live coverage of the Hobbit premiere on Wednesday, November 28. ONE News will be using the hashtag #HobbitNZ for all Hobbit-related tweets.