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Wellington's Embassy Theatre is rolling out the yellow carpet to host the world film premiere of Daffodils, a bittersweet love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs. We've put together the top 5 reasons you need to go and see this new modern Kiwi classic.
Much of the film was shot in Wellington: you might recognise the Embassy Theatre (which is hosting the World Premiere on Valentine's Day) and Lambton Quay to name a few!
The film stars local artist, Kimbra, in her debut feature film role, as well as internationally renowned Kiwi actors, Rose McIver (best-known for her role in iZombie, Masters of Sex and The Lovely Bones), and George Mason, (Home & Away, Go Girls).
Daffodils features the songs we grew up with - get set for contemporary re-imaginings of iconic hit songs of New Zealand artists, including Crowded House (Fall at Your Feet), Bic Runga (Drive), Dave Dobbyn (Language) and Don McGlashan (Anchor Me).
Daffodils was named by Stuff.co.nz as one of the 20 blockbusters you need to see this year. The film was ranked alongside upcoming 2019 blockbusters including Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Frozen 2 and Star Wars XIX and the Stuff Entertainment team called it New Zealand’s “own jukebox musical”.
The musical romance was inspired by a true New Zealand story and based on the award-winning music theatre performance of the same name, created by Rochelle Bright and Kitan Petkovski for Bullet Heart Club. Since the stage premiere in Auckland in March 2014, Daffodils has become one of New Zealand's most-loved and critically acclaimed music/theatre crossovers.