Film director Catherine Mason and brother Harrison walk the
red carpet at the premiere of Kaikorai Valley School's
movie The Quest at the Regent Theatre last night. Photo by
A red carpet, limousines, sparkles and camera flashes -
it had all the makings of an international movie premiere to
the delight of Kaikorai Primary School pupils last night.
And it was a premiere - the first screening of The
Quest, a feature-length movie the school's pupils made.
About 1200 pupils, family and friends waited in anticipation
in the Octagon before heading into the Regent Theatre to see
the movie, funded through internet site PledgeMe.
About $6000 was raised, and the school community was able to
attend the movie free of charge. The Quest follows two
pupils who have gone off the rails and their journey through
12 different worlds as they learned about the school's values
of kindness, aspiration, independence and keenness.
The main roles were played by senior pupils Georgia Ward (11)
and Thomas Greenaway (11). Catherine Mason (11) directed and
produced the film.
''I'm pretty excited and scared at the same time,'' Catherine
said, as she hit the red carpet.
She loved working on the film as she got to work with
everyone in the school.
''I reckon it's going to be awesome,'' she said.
Catherine arrived at the premiere in a limousine with mother
Steph Mason, grandmother Valerie Mason and brother Harrison
Principal Simon Clark said the pupils had done an excellent
job on the film.
''It shows how clever the kids are.''
Last night was the first time the majority of the school had
seen the 75-minute film in its entirety.
The entire school had been involved, from the extension
programme which developed the skeleton script, to the ''movie
group'' which did the directing and filming.
Each class filmed its own section of the movie, reflecting
their interests and interpretation of the values, he said.