Production has started on WELCOME TO THE THRILL, an extreme sports action adventure movie starring Jossi Wells, New Zealand Olympic freestyle skier, who takes up the challenge of new extreme sports in which he has no experience at all.
This epic quest to uncover what it is that makes adrenaline junkies do what they do, is laced with philosophical reflections ranging from Mark Twain to the athletes themselves.
Directed by Toa Fraser in his customary full-tilt genre-defying style (The Dead Lands, Giselle), WELCOME TO THE THRILL brings Fraser’s cinematic sensibility and narrative construction to the thrilling world of extreme sports. The filmmaker is as close to the action as is humanly possible – it’s a unique angle: filmmaker as extreme investigator.
WELCOME TO THE THRILL is the latest film from producer Matthew Metcalfe’s General Film Corporation and is his fifth collaboration with Toa Fraser (6 Days, The Dead Lands, Giselle, Dean Spanley).
Filming will take place in New Zealand, USA, France and Hawaii. New Zealand distribution is by Rialto Distribution.
Fraser and Metcalfe are currently in post-production on action thriller 6 Days, the NZ/UK co-production starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish which recounts the story of the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy in London.
Freestyle skier Josiah “Jossi” Wells, from Wanaka, New Zealand, won a bronze medal at the Winter X Games XVI and represented New Zealand at the 2014 Winter Olympics. At the age of 19 he was crowned the AFP Overall World Champion giving him the status of ‘Best Freeskier in the World’.
About GENERAL FILM CORPORATION
General Film Corporation (GFC) is an Auckland-based production company responsible for 12 feature films and 10 tele-features, including recent No.1 box office hit The Dead Lands as well as Dean Spanley, Giselle and Beyond The Edge. GFC currently has three feature films in production including Toa Fraser’s 6 DAYS and Roger Donaldson’s MCLAREN and two in post-production. GFC managing director Matthew Metcalfe is a former SPADA Independent Producer of the Year award winner.