How the pandemic could be a boon for local film industry

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Sun, 24 May 2020, 11:22AM
Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington star in the upcoming Avatar films. Photo / Twitter

How the pandemic could be a boon for local film industry

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 24 May 2020, 11:22AM

New Zealand screen industry is cranking into action with work on local productions and locally filmed Hollywood films back underway.

Some are predicting a boom for the industry as Hollywood increasingly looks to New Zealand as somewhat of a safe haven for film and television.

This is being seen as a positive not only for local businesses but local actors.

Kiwi actress and acting coach Miranda Harcourt told Francesca Rudkin this is a good opportunity for local actors to be cast in roles that would normally be filled by international heavyweights.

"When projects that were going to be shot somewhere else in the world come to New Zealand and Australia, then immediately the doors are open for actors on the ground."

She says that the fact New Zealand has beaten Covid-19 is one of the new incentives that could court international productions. 

Harcout says she expects actors and directors would be willing to quarantine here if it means restarting production. 

"Everyone wants to get on with and resume the industry."

Both Avatar 2 and the Lord of the Rings TV show are expected to resume production in New Zealand over the next few weeks.