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Be in to win tickets to the Hobbit Fan event in Wellington

31 Oct 2013

Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT) is offering over 100 fans of the city and The Hobbit Trilogy the chance to be at the centre of the global fan event being held on Tuesday.

Win tickets to Hobbit fan event
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Gearing up for the December 12 (NZ time) release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), Sir Peter Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team will gather with fans as part of a global event being held at 11am Tuesday 05 November (NZ time).

Simultaneous events hosted in cinemas in Wellington, Los Angeles, New York and London will be satellite-linked, enabling audiences to ask questions of stars across all four locations. Jackson will join fans at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. The event will also be broadcast live online and in cinemas in Brussels, Hamburg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Sydney and Toronto among many.

"PWT Chief Executive David Perks says The Hobbit Fan Event will again showcase ‘Middle of Middle-earth’ on a global stage."

“Through hosting The Hobbit Fan Event at Embassy Theatre, Sir Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. Pictures are again profiling Wellington at the very heart of one of the world’s biggest and most ambitious film productions of our time.”

PWT has 110 tickets to giveaway to the city’s fans, including two trips for two including return flights and a night’s accommodation for fans around the country.

“We appreciate it’s pretty short notice but we know there will be many passionate The Hobbit Trilogy fans throughout the country who will jump at the chance to be at this incredibly unique event connecting the films’ stars and crew with its fans.”

Fans can enter the draw at WellingtonNZ.com/HobbitFanEvent. Entries close and winners will be drawn 3pm Friday 1 November. Terms and conditions apply.

About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” 

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.  The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas.  The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, conceptual designers Alan Lee and John Howe, editor Jabez Olssen, and hair and makeup designer Peter Swords King.  The costumes are designed by Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor.  Taylor is also overseeing the design and production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop.  Weta Digital is taking on the visual effects for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri.  The visual effects supervisor is Eric Saindon, with David Clayton and Eric Reynolds serving as animation supervisors.

Under Jackson’s direction, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.  Production took place at Jackson’s own facilities in Miramar, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand.  Post production took place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”  “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. 

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