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Film Raro challenge set for finale

Friday May 24, 2013 Written by Published in Entertainment

The Film Raro International Film Festival is set to screen tonight, signalling the end of a two-week challenge where six teams of international film makers worked with Cook Island locals to shoot and edit short movies – and one Australian crew are looking forward to kicking back at the screening after a fun but hectic fortnight.

“We started shooting the day after we landed (in the Cooks), without having the time to rehearse,” said director and co-writer of ‘Dog save the Queen’ Marcus Hamill. “The actors were put through their paces on set – they all did an amazing job.”

The support from local crew and actors was invaluable, said Hamill.

“There was so much work done behind the scenes by locals. By the end it felt like working with a professional crew.”

The 15-minute long movie is the story of a 10 year old boy named Nuka and his dog Cyclone. When the Queen of England begins the search for a canine heir to the royal corgi bloodline in the Cooks, Nuka learns about the sacrifices that need to be made to keep a family together.

The team from Sydney includes Hamill and his brother Josh – the grip and lighting gaffer – co-writer Joel Russell, editor Toby Denneen, director of photography Lachie Milne, first assistant director Greg Cobain, sound recordist John Smetana and camera assistant Jordon Maddocks.

The team have been working hard but going with the flow, said Hamill, who directs commercials in Sydney and is currently working on a feature movie called ‘Search for Santosha’.

“I just came in with the attitude that we have to be adaptable. Joel and I were re-writing the script every night.

“It seems to work well on this island, going with the flow. We had a lot of luck with the weather and with finding actors who took the characters and ran with it.”

‘Dog Save the Queen’ is one of six short films screening at the Film Raro International Film Festival tonight at the BCI Stadium in Nikao from 6pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for $4 for adults and $2 for children.

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