Showbiz has always seemed like the pinnacle of glamour to a small-town girl like me.

So as I made the trip to a shoot for Cousins, a movie dubbed as the next big break in New Zealand film making, I had visions of glitz.

The feature film, mostly shot in Rotorua and surrounding areas, was set to rival top Kiwi flicks such as Boy and The Breaker Upperers, with many of the same crew.

I should have known I was in for an authentic Kiwi experience as my work car struggled down the long pot-hole-filled gravel road to geothermal hotspot

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