Carla and I have been repeatedly abashed and humbled by the kindness of the people we have met throughout the making of our film. Irrespective of whether the film is a success, it has been fantastic to meet such a huge number of people who have all helped or wished us well in some way – from Margie and Robert Lau taking us out to lunch in Wellington, to chatting over the merits of taxidermy and amateur theatre with Rhys at Nga Manu.
The latest person to bless our filmmaking path has been Andrew, from the Tuatara Lodge in Invercargill. Naturally, whenever we go to Invercargill (which has been a lot!) we stay at the Tuatara Backpackers. Andrew, noticing this trend, was quick to dub us ‘ the tuatara girls’ and gives us key deposit discounts whenever he can. Upon learning we were poor Scarfies, he shouted us lunch on his tab at the Tuatara Café. He even agreed to star – so watch out for Andrew, the big-hearted vox-pop.