Cassidy Solomon (19,) of Mosgiel, audition for the role of
Ngaire Ranapia in The Whole World's Watching , at King
Edward Court last night. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin will become Hamilton in a major new feature film
about the 1981 Springbok rugby tour.
The Whole World's Watching will be a dramatisation of
events on July 25, 1981, when protesters invaded Rugby Park
in Hamilton, before the first major game of the tour against
The match was subsequently cancelled, when a protester in a
stolen plane threatened to crash into the stands if the game
The project has received New Zealand Film Commission funding
and producer Richard Thomas said he hoped to be producing the
film in Dunedin ''before the end of the year''.
Matawai Uitime-Nicolls (17) auditioning for the role also.
''It was an historic time. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said
the Hamilton protest was the first nail in the coffin of
apartheid,'' Mr Thomas said yesterday.
Auditions for roles started in Dunedin last night.
''One of the most crucial roles in the film is a young Maori
woman, Ngaire, who is a central figure in the protest
group,'' Mr Thomas said.
''We're hoping we might be able to find her in Dunedin.''
Mr Thomas and The Whole World's Watching
writer-director Alan Erson worked in Dunedin together at
Natural History New Zealand in the early 2000s.