Eltham celebrates Predicament premiere
Published: 8:15PM Friday August 20, 2010 Source: ONE News
People in the small Taranaki town of Eltham are celebrating as Predicament premieres in Hawera tonight.
At the Eltham Town Hall they have props from the film; everything from a very authentic jailhouse to Jemaine Clements' costume.
A lot of the movie's blackmailing and plotting took place in a phone booth which had now been gifted to the man who owns most of the street where the action was shot.
"It's sort of a goodwill gesture and I'm going to look after it for them and I'll make sure it's on display," said John Burling, who let the crew paint five of his shops to use in the movie.
The filming last year brought a buzz to the tiny Taranaki town and while things were pretty much back to normal now, they had not forgotten the glamour of having stars such as Jermaine Clement in their midst.
And for one young extra who was plucked from drama class at Hawera High School, the film was the experience of a lifetime.
Mitchell Careswell, who plays "Cheeky Boy 2" described the experience as "wicked".
Even for those not directly involved, the film made a big impression, with locals wrapping up and braving the cold to watch the night shoots.
"It's been fantastic for Eltham," said Four Square's Shaun McCarthy. "It's brought a lot more foot traffic to town, a lot more business, a lot more excitement to the town. It's really lifted the morale of people in Eltham."
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Some of the locals show some love for Jemaine! I like Miss Paisley.