Shorty stars on the big Screen!
Our Shortland Street alumni are a talented lot. Over the course of 22 years, there has been many a cast and crew member that have taken the skills gained during their time on the show and used them as a launch pad to create amazing things in the world of film and TV.
Right at this moment there are several New Zealand films that have strong connections to Shortland Street with many of the cast and crew from all of them having had past associations with NZ’s longest running serial drama.
We thought we’d take a look at a couple of the amazing local movies currently lurking around in cinemas throughout NZ and show you their connections to Shorty.
The Dark Horse
Starring an extraordinary NZ cast; Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider and Boy), James Rolleston (Boy) and Kirk Torrance (Outrageous Fortune) The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand Hero and chess champion - Genesis Potini, aka Gen. Torrance has had sevreal small roles on Shortland Street over the years, most recently in 2005 as Bronson Paraone. But behind the scenes there is also a familiar face – the movie was producer by Tom Hern – aka Baxter Cormack on Shortland Street from 2005 – 2007.
After leaving Shortland Street, Hern co-founded production company, Six String Pictures, with his old acting buddy (turned writer-director), James Napier Robertson. Together the pair independently developed, financed and produced their debut feature, the micro-budget, whodunnit thriller, I'm Not Harry Jenson. INHJ was released theatrically in New Zealand to strong reviews, off the back of sell out screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and went on to play at a number of other fests (including the Shanghai International Film Festival).
In 2010, Hern co-founded Four Knights Film Ltd, again with Napier Robertson, and this time with Australasian entrepreneurs, Tim and Sasha Wood. Four Knights Films has been very busy of late, not only have they producer The Dark Horse which has received critical acclaim, but they’ve also recently released the feature film Everything we Loved.
For more info on the film and details of where it is playing, head to www.thedarkhorsefilm.com
Everything We Loved
Written and directed by Max Currie, this intensely emotional film tells the story of a magician (Brett Stewart), who conjures his greatest illusion – a little boy – to try to help return happiness to his wife and family after the loss of their son. But the trick falls apart when a child abduction hunt closes in on them. Currie has worked as a storyliner and writer for Shortland Street for many years and has also storylined for hit series Step Dave.
The movie also stars Sia Trokenheim, star of Step Dave, who had a small role on Shortland Street starring as a love interest of Adam Rickitt’s character, Kieran Mitchell in 2010.
Interestingly, the young boy who stars in this movie is the son of Suzie Clarkson (nee Aitken), a New Zealand news presenter and journalist, who starred in the very first episode of Shortland Street alongside Chris Warner (Michael Galvin).
For more information head to: http://www.everythingweloved.com
The Last Saint
The Last Saint is the debut feature film for Shortland Street star Rene Naufahu (Sam Aleni). He wrote and directed this intensely powerful movie that tells the story of Minka, a teenage Polynesian boy living in the heart of the city. With his P-addicted mother well on the way to completely going off the rails, three people enter his life- each with a promise, and each with the power to destroy.
Minka is played by Beulah Koale, a familiar face to Shortland Street fans, having played wayward teenager, Jared Afeaki in 2012/13. Beulah will return to Ferndale to reprise his role as Jared on the 29th August, the day after The Last Saint is released in cinemas nationwide.
As well as Koale, the movie also stars former Shorty stars, Calvin Tuteao (Victor Kahu), Xavier Horan (Tai Scott) and Joe Naufahu (Nat Aleni).
To find out where you can see The Last Saint, head to: http://www.eventcinemas.co.nz/movie/The-Last-Saint
Broke Hallelujah tells the story of three different relationships and the unusual ways these relationships intercept with each other. Set for release on 16th October, 2014, the movie stars current Shortland Street stars Matt Chamberlain (Murray) and Ben Mitchell (TK Samuels).
For more information head to: http://www.lrh.co.nz/