A television pilot set in Whangarei will premiere this month at the Youthshorts Film Festival at the Forum North.



The Rei is a teenage drama about activism and features a cast of up-and-coming actors from Northland.



The 30-minute pilot is a co-production between the Northland Youth Theatre and Channel North Television.



The producer of The Rei, Gareth Mauchline, says the pilot is about "doing good in the community through interesting ways".

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Script writer Peter Larsen said the "constructive mischief" of kids at the theatre who organised flash mobs for World Vision inspired the film.



A flash mob is a group of people who come together suddenly in a public space to perform an unusual act for a short period of time and then disperse.



"The Rei showcases the ability of small communities to make good, relevant television," says Larsen.



And Mauchline says: "It's good to show people what can be done with a limited budget."



Larsen says a grant made by the Oxford Sports Trust is a "great hallmark of Whangarei generosity".



The Rei will show on August 23.