Date set for The Z-Nail Gang world premiere

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Te Puke's first feature film The Z-Nail Gang will make its world premiere next month.

The Z-Nail Gang will premiere at Capitol Cinema in Te Puke on Thursday July 31, 2014.

It will be a red carpet, black tie event with 300 guests attending and a further number invited to the after function which is being generously hosted by The Te Puke Hotel.

The evening will be a celebration of local community, with guests representing the hundreds of individuals, organisations and businesses that helped resource the production of the film.

Actors will be attending from Auckland and it will be the first time they have seen the completed product.

Following the premiere The Z-­Nail Gang will be showing to the public at Te Puke's Capitol Cinema, Tauranga's Rialto Cinema, Whakatane's Whakamax and Rotorua's Basement Cinema.

The film will be released in the region that inspired the story, the Coromandel, with Thames and Whitianga cinemas confirmed to host it from August 14.

It will then be widely available throughout the country by August 28. Although not a typical distribution model, by releasing first in the Bay and then Coromandel, filmmakers Anton Steel and Kylie DellaBarca Steel were keen to honour the very communities that have placed this story close to their hearts.

It also gives them a chance to be present during the release period, which they said was important to their kaupapa.

Organisers said many of the volunteer community groups who played an important role in the production of the film will directly benefit from any profits made from the release.

"This is all part of the commitment to valuing and appreciating the community that rallied behind its production."

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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