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Kiwi musical Daffodils may flower on world cinema screens

30 Sep 2016

Wellington film producer David Stubbs heads to London next month to take up an invitation-only opportunity to pitch a script based on Kiwi stage musical Daffodils to be made into a movie.

Stubbs will showcase Daffodils to potential financial backers and the world’s top sales agents at the Production Finance Market (PFM). Sales agents are responsible for distributing films to international markets and are some of the most powerful people in the film industry.

Daffodils the movie is inspired by the musical stage production but is best described as a drama with classic Kiwi songs written by the likes of Neil Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Chris Knox and Bic Runga.

Stubbs, co-founder of Wellington-based Emmy Award-winning television and film production company KHF Media, says being invited to the PFM indicates Daffodils as a movie has something that has the potential to cross over to an international audience.

“I think there’ll be a freshness about Daffodils in terms of our culture and music that will appeal. It has a very strong classic storyline which involves great Kiwi music and we are confident it will resonate strongly with people overseas.”

If the film version of Daffodils is made, production and post-production would be based in Wellington.

“The quality of the infrastructure in Wellington is world class, whether it’s post-production facilities, studios or equipment.”

Stubbs got his opportunity to attend the PFM after going through the International Training and Development Programme for New Zealand Screen Practitioners. It was led by industry creative expert Angus Finney. The programme was run by the Screen Production and Development Association (SPADA) with sponsorship from the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).

WREDA spokesperson David Jones says financial assistance to fund Stubbs’ trip to London was given through a travel bursary.

“The business contacts he makes at the PFM will prove valuable now and in the future as he looks to tell New Zealand stories in films made in Wellington.

“We back David’s vision to bring distinctive Kiwi stories to an international audience. It will solidify Wellington’s global reputation as a film city, provide jobs, attract new talent, and provide work for those that already live here.”

Daffodils could hardly be more different than Stubbs last movie Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses – a documentary about the 2007 exorcism death of a woman from Stubbs’ home suburb of Wainuiomata.

“Belief was a very difficult film to make and a very sad story and quite gruelling for all of us. After that I decided the next project should be something that showed another side of New Zealand culture,” Stubbs says.

Daffodils - stage show promo

To arrange interviews contact:

Dave Burgess
WREDA communications specialist
022 355 6471

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