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A starry opening

; Quelle: TolGalen

Prime Minister Helen dark talks to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson at a glitzy gathering to open Jack son's new film unit at Avalon, Lower Hutt, last night.

Jackson's Wingnut Films bought the former National Film Unit from Television New Zealand amid fears that the film industry would otherwise have lost New Zealand's only full post-production film processing laboratory.

The unit is said to be New Zealand's and Australia's only one-stop post-production lab offering a 16-millimetre and 35-millimetre laboratory, and sound production. It is estimated to be worth between $1 million and $3 million.

Miss dark said the industry still had untapped potential. "I'm sure that in the future, as in the past, some form of government support and facilitation is going to be needed," she said. "That's why we've said we want to work with the Film Commission and other relevant players to investigate the establishment of a film development fund to attract more investment into the industry." The fund would help new filmmakers to go on to make more films with bigger budgets."

The opening was attended by film and broadcasting industry figures including the Lord of the Rings production crew and producers of the television series The Tribe.

8th February 2000

The Dominion

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