Te Puke Times: Movie premiere ready to roll

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Writer and director of The Z-Nail Gang, Anton Steel, delivers a copy of the movie to Te Puke Capitol Theatre owner operator Ross Trebilco ahead of tonight's premiere.
Writer and director of The Z-Nail Gang, Anton Steel, delivers a copy of the movie to Te Puke Capitol Theatre owner operator Ross Trebilco ahead of tonight's premiere.

It is not a low-budget film, it's a no-budget one. The excitement of today's premiere belongs to the locals who all enabled the film to be made.
KYLIE DELLABARCA, The Z-Nail Gang producer

Tonight the red carpet will be rolled out for the cast and crew of the locally made movie, The Z-Nail Gang, which premieres in the Te Puke's Capitol Theatre.

The young couple whose idea enthused locals, Anton ( writer and director) and Kylie DellaBarca Steel, are proud and delighted that their project has been completed.

"Considering we didn't have a budget at all, it is amazing," said producer Kylie as they handed over a copy of the film to Capitol Theatre owner Ross Trebilco.

"It is not a low-budget film, it's a no-budget one," she said. "The excitement of today's premiere belongs to the locals who all enabled the film to be made."

Kylie is looking forward to the red carpet event, which will be the first chance cast members have to see their work.

The black tie occasion kicks off about 6.30pm and the public are invited to greet the stars as they arrive at the theatre.

The movie tells a story, based upon fact, about a small community that stopped a mining giant from moving in and riding rough-shod over the residents.

The community has a wide range of opinion about the mining proposition.

There's a redneck farmer who sees profits from an abandoned shaft on his property and job for his unemployed son, who has failed to live up to the standard set by his older, merchant banker brother.

On the other hand there is the surfing potter Dave, who enjoys chilling out on his board and gets on well with the laid-back Maori policeman, Tipene, who prefers fishing to catching law-breakers.

However, the arrival of a new sergeant (played by Geoff Dolan), who is closer to a bully enforcing the law, causes an abrasive reaction in the community.

The potter's wife and mother of two cheeky boys ( Tanya Horo) is keen to protest but wants the keep within the law. She is joined by others who are keen to take the law into their own hands.

The appeal for Te Puke viewers is seeing themselves and their friends or family up on the big screen. The scenery is at once stunning and familiar because it is our backyard.

There are moments of fun - such as Santa-suited party-crashers running along the street, racing to jump into a vehicle driven by a kid of about 10. All highly illegal but part of the rebellious nature of this movie.

The "dark forces" that aid the protesters are responsible for the green crops of weed growing in the bush.

There's an intense rivalry between Aussies ( the mining prospectors) and Kiwis (the community) that we all understand.

Characters are believable - their faces are familiar to regular Kiwi television viewers.
A few names you might know and recognise are: Erroll Shand, the surfing potter, who has starred in Underbelly and Beyond the Edge; Tanya Horo from Miss Lucy, House of Travel; Vanessa Rare who plays Nurse Te Hana in Shortland Street; Ruby & Rata and Geoff Dolan, of In My Father's Den.

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 set to host it from August 14.

It will then be widely available throughout the country by August 28.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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