Our very own Tour of Southland continued yesterday, as we migrated north from Invercargill to show Love in Cold Blood at the Department of Conservation HQ in Te Anau.
What did we just say about Southlandic generosity?? The lovely Caroline Carter and her colleagues went to every effort to make sure our film would look right through their projector, then brought in the entire Mararoa school to watch it at an afternoon screening. We’ve never shown it to an audience this young (!) before but it went down well. Giggles appeared in completely different places to where the adults usually laugh… the Q & A session was also memorable. My favourite question was “do they stick?”. Meaning of course, can tuatara stick to walls like frogs do?
Of course Lindsay was there too, answering dozens of questions, along with a beautiful (and as yet unnamed) Sphenodon guntheri tuatara. These are greener, spottier and rarer than the more common S. punctatus species, which is what Henry and Mildred are. So this was a real treat, and everyone was very excited to be allowed to touch it briefly. The wide eyes of the kids reminded me of one of the reasons I liked the idea of making a tuatara film in the first place- I had this same experience as a teenager, and thought tuatara were just plain awesome, end of story!
DoC Te Anau also treated us to a free screening of Atawhenua – Shadowlands in Te Anau’s custom-built cinema. Fiordland is very epic, for want of better words.
Our evening LICB screening was also fantastic and we met many inspiring and like-minded people. I am pretty sure this is the fun part of filmmaking (though doing twenty plus takes of an attempted weta predation sequence is fun too…)! So, a big thanks to DoC Te Anau for making us feel so special and making our journey superlatively worth it.