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Waipukurau to host world premiere!

Waipukurau to host world premiere!

Edgy Kiwi chiller Luella Miller will have its world premiere at the Civic Theatre in Waipukurau on Wednesday the 23rd of November.

This film was shot locally and producer Robert Rowe wanted to bring it home for this event as a way of thanking the local community for their support.

Stars Sara Wiseman and Philip Brown will attend the event along with Rowe and director Dane Giraud.

Rowe and Giraud have recently returned from Brisbane, where an unfinished copy of Luella Miller screened to an industry only group as one of four finalists at the digiSPAA film festival competition.

The historic Oruawharo homestead in Takapau provided the main location for shooting as well as sleeping quarters for cast and crew in the hot summer earlier this year.

Luella Miller tells the story of Lydia Anderson (Sara Wiseman), a generous yet lonely woman who opens her door to Luella Miller (Sia Trokenheim), an enigmatic stranger. Before her stay is over both women will wish that door had remained closed.

Arkles Entertainment will distribute Luella Miller throughout Australasia from early 2006. The film stars: Sara Wiseman (Mercy Peak), Sia Trokenheim (Shortland Street), Philip Brown (The Last Samurai), Alistair Browning (Rain), Jacqueline Nairn (Shortland Street), and Kevin J Wilson (Spooked).

Tickets for the world premiere of this film will go on sale shortly from the Civic Theatre – to book phone 06-858-8125, email or visit 14 Northumberland St, Waipukurau.

Luella Miller was made with the generous support of Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Commission, EIT Hawkes Bay, Arkles Entertainment, Telecom, Ford New Zealand, Napoleon Cosmetics, RJC Clothing and Creative Communities CHB, Hastings and Napier.

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