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Torchlight: hook, line and sinker

Following their recent success with Taking the Waewae Express, Torchlight Films are launching into their new project – Hook, Line and Sinker, the story of a truck driver in his late fifties who fails a routine health check and loses his job.

The film stars Rangimoana Taylor (Taking the Waewae Express) and Carmel McGlone (Predicament and former Chapman Tripp Best Actress winner) in the lead roles; Geraldine Brophy (Second Hand Wedding); Alan Palmer (Shortland Street); Matt Chamberlain, (Under the Mountain); K.C. Kelly, former Senior Acting tutor at Toi Whakaari, Eli Kent (Black Sheep) and newcomer Elizabeth McMenamin.

Torchlight’s films are developed using British director Mike Leigh’s approach to scriptwriting, where the script emerges from a basic premise and is developed through improvisation by the actors.

For the past four weeks the cast have been on improvisation camp – only interacting with one another as their character. The dialogue is recorded and is currently being fed back into the script. “It’s a process with really surprising outcomes – you never know what the characters might say or where they might lead the story” says co-director Andrea Bosshard.

Filmmakers Shane Loader and Andrea Bosshard are committed to producing quality, independent feature films that deliver stories sourced in our communities to broad local audiences, sustainably and economically.

The independent film calls for some novel ways of generating finance for the project. Among other events, an art auction will be hosted in February 2010 featuring many well-known New Zealand artists who have all donated works to the film. The film has also received some Creative New Zealand assistance.