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Hollywood and Miami are to return to Christchurch

Media Release
12 February 2005

Hollywood and Miami are to return to Christchurch

Auckland has had “North Country”, Wanganui “River Queen”, Wellington “Lord of the Rings” and now Christchurch is set to have its own movie premiere.

The New Zealand red carpet charity gala premiere for “Meet me in Miami” has been confirmed for 22nd March this year.

Christchurch based producer, Lisa Abbott, says she is looking forward to the film opening in New Zealand and premiering in her hometown.

“An illness and the subsequent death of my father last month meant we had to postpone the opening until March,” she says.

VIP’s from central and local Government, the film and production industry as well as cast and crew will attend the gala premiere and the list is understood to include senior politicians and people prominent in the film industry.

The charity red carpet event will benefit the “John Britten Centre”, an initiative of the Cookie Munchers Charitable Trust, and which supports and helps dyslexic children throughout New Zealand. Kirsteen Britten will be the spokesperson on the night. Trust details available available at www.cookiemuncherstrust.org.nz

“Meet me in Miami” was one of the hits late last year at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, in which it was invited to show. The LALIFF board includes industry notables Andy Garcia and Angelica Houston.

International media coverage was intense at the festival with reporters also interested in special taonga (greenstone pendants) from local iwi, Ngai Tahu, which were presented to members of the American MMIM cast.

“Meet me in Miami” was shot in Christchurch and California with the majority of locations in the Garden City and local craftspeople in the cast and crew.


“Meet me in Miami”, red carpet gala NZ premiere, 22nd March 2006, Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch. Limited seats available. Tickets $75 pp, includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment, both before and after the screening. Dress is black tie. For ticket enquiries, contact Noel at 377 0147 (Christchurch).

To purchase tickets please forward a cheque, payable to the John Britten Centre Trust, PO Box 3882, Christchurch, New Zealand.


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