Taken from Screen NZ.
Jackie van Beek
and producer Aaron Watson both hail from southern stock so it was natural that van Beek’s first feature, The Inland Road
, shot around Queenstown.
Shooting away from home (van Beek is Auckland-based) wasn’t the easiest decision, but it proved a good one.
As with many first features, The Inland Road
has been a long time coming. The script was on the way for several years. In 2013, van Beek was awarded the first residency from Film Otago Southland
’s writer-in-residence programme, and spent her time at Rees Valley Station, near Glenorchy.
“It’s hard to sit in Freeman’s Bay and write about farm life,” she told Queenstown’s Mountain Scene
before shooting began. “The Rees Valley is very inspiring.”
The residency was part of a plan Film Otago Southland
’s Kevin Jennings has been slowly implementing to draw more local work to the region. Many TVCs and international features have shot in the region, but far fewer local features. When Guy Pigden
’s soon-to-release comedy I Survived A Zombie Holocaust
shot in Dunedin as part of the NZFC
scheme, it was the first feature made there since Rob Sarkies 1999 Scarfies
“It all starts with the writer,” Nick Ward told Jennings during a trip to the region. If more writers have time to immerse themselves in Southern culture, the scripts will be more real. Given the very high proportion of NZ titles made by writer-directors, getting those people enthused about shooting in the region can’t hurt either.
She had had a number of shorts previously supported by the Commission
, including the award-winning Go the Dogs
, which last year won WIFT International’s Short-Case
award and a Show Me Shorts
gong for van Beek as Best Actress. (She also won Best Supporting Actress at last year’s NZ Film Awards
for What We Do in the Shadows
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