Marking the upcoming world premiere of I Survived a Zombie Holocaust in Dunedin yesterday are (from left) Levi Spurr, Charlotte Morgan, Zoe Hobson and Aaron Kearney. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The dawn of the dead is coming to Dunedin.
A zombie feature film produced in Otago during the past three
years will have its world premiere in Dunedin next month.
I Survived a Zombie Holocaust will premiere on August
16 in the Dunedin Town Hall, during the new Dunedin City
Council-sponsored Dundead Festival, celebrating pop culture
''I'm hugely excited the film is completed and it's fantastic
that we're having the world premiere in Dunedin,'' producer
Zoe Hobson said yesterday.
''It's the first New Zealand Film Commission-funded feature
to be made in Dunedin with a local cast and crew in 15
More than 500 Otago people took part in the film as extras,
in location shoots at Seacliff, South Dunedin and Oamaru.
''We couldn't have made it anywhere else but Dunedin. The
number of locations here and the number of people wanting to
help was just incredible,'' Ms Hobson said.
''It seems only fitting it should have its premiere where it
was conceived and shot.''
The $250,000 budget film went into production in 2011 and was
completed in June. It has already gained international
interest and will screen at Fright Fest in London, a week
after the Dunedin premiere.
''We've had a fantastic response to the film already and are
really excited about where it will go from here,'' Ms Hobson
The $250,000 budget film, written by Dunedin director Guy
Pigden and produced by Dunedin company 38 Films, is based
around a B-grade zombie film set which is attacked by real
A flash mob of more than 500 zombies will perform the Michael
Jackson hit Thriller before the town hall premiere,
accompanied by a Taiko drumming group, using bones as
''We plan to make it a night that Dunedin will remember, with
some serious spectacle and plenty of surprises,'' Dundead
director Dallas Synnott-Chapman said yesterday.