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The film industry is built around the tenacious entrepreneurship of filmmakers, and none typify Wellington’s current crop of never-say-die creatives more than David Stubbs, whose vision is to create an iconic Kiwi musical.
Stubbs is directing the musical feature film DAFFODILS, based on the much-loved and critically acclaimed stage play of the same name.
The bittersweet love story written by playwright Rochelle Bright, will be told with re-imagined New Zealand pop songs and features Rose McIver (iZombie, The Lovely Bones), George Mason (Home & Away, Go Girls) and Grammy Award winner Kimbra. The film has the backing of the New Zealand Film Commission as well as international funders. Shooting began in February - on the day Cyclone Gita hit our shores - and the film is scheduled for release in 2019.
Stubbs is using this as an opportunity to support the next generation of filmmaking talent in Wellington, giving the crew opportunities to step up as heads of departments, as well as providing interning roles. He sees this as a way to return the favour for the support he received on his way up, and he is inspired by the wealth of talent and imagination he sees in the industry.