Last Saturday night a group of us attended the one and only film premiere that has graced our little town …probably ever. It was for an independent NZ filmed western called Good for Nothing. Full of all the features a good western should have we got galloping horses, slow loading guns, spitting, sweaty faces, a feisty girl in a corset, a hot bad cowboy and sweeping, baron countryside. What I didn’t expect was the incredible cinematography (largely shot in Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin), the quirky story line full of dark humour and uncomfortable moments with an amazing score performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. I also didn’t expect to get the opportunity to sit down and chat with the Director and lead actors later on that night over drinks. THAT is what really got me. The story behind the story on screen is just as surprising and full of creative risk taking. Inge and Mike postponed their wedding (5 years engaged!) and decided against a mortgage to go head first into producing NZ’s first ever western. They fizzed with nervous excitement when talking about the challenge of it all and the unknown in it’s eventual success. One thing for sure it, takes the title of New Zealand’s first self-funded film to receive a theatrical release in the United States. That’s no small feat.
I seriously suggest checking out the “Making Of ” clip here. It will give you so much more appreciation of the amazing final product and the journey Good For Nothing took.
“Good For Nothing” opens in cinemas around the country today.