Southern premiere confirmedKIMBERLEY CRAYTON-BROWN
Last updated 05:00 09/08/2012
Dust off the red carpet, dig out the gladrags and groom those mullets. The premiere of Two Little Boys is coming to Invercargill.
After months of speculation, the team behind the Sarkies brothers' latest film has made it official: the New Zealand premiere of Two Little Boys will be held at the Civic Theatre on September 11.
Director Robert Sarkies said he was excited to bring the film "home to Invers".
"We owe the city a huge debt of gratitude for their support that we hope to repay with a big party of a premiere that unveils both the film and the region.
"With Bret, Hamish and Mayor Tim on the red carpet together it's going to be a blast.”
The film, which stars Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie and Australian Hamish Blake from comedy duo Hamish and Andy, was filmed around Southland last year.
Based on the book by Duncan Sarkies, the film focuses on best mates Nige and Deano, their mate Gav, and the trio's adventures after Nige runs over a Scandinavian football star "in an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and a policeman".
The film was originally due to be released in March but was delayed when McKenzie was nominated for, and won, the best song Oscar for Man or Muppet from The Muppets movie.
Two Little Boys co-producer Vicky Pope said she was thrilled to be premiering the film in its hometown.
"[It] was made possible because of Invercargill's vote of confidence in our team . . .
"We had a wonderful partnership with our local investors and felt incredibly supported throughout the production by them and many locals and businesses from the area.
"It's great to be taking the film back to the community of people who helped get it made.”
A limited number of tickets for the premiere will go on sale from Ticket Direct and from the Invercargill City Council on August 22. The tickets include entry to a special function at the Civic Theatre before the screening and a stroll along the red carpet.
There will also be a limited number of tickets available to students of the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), as the institution was crucial in supporting the film being made in Invercargill. These will be sold through SIT to students directly at a discounted price from August 22.
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