Could Otago Peninsula be a location for a new Hollywood
blockbuster? Dreamworks Studios staff have been seen on the
peninsula, allegedly scouting locations for the film The
Light Between Oceans, but the company is keeping quiet. The
Star's JONATHAN CHILTON-TOWLE reports.
A major Hollywood film company is about to start filming its
latest picture in Otago and The Star understands the Otago
Peninsula may be one of the filming locations.
Based on a bestselling novel by M. L Stedman, The Light
Between Oceans is set on a remote island off Australia and
tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who
decide to raise an infant they discover washed ashore in a
boat with a dead man.
Taiaroa Head operations manager Hoani Langsbury said
Dreamworks Studios staff had been looking at several
locations on the peninsula but he would not reveal where.
He denied location scouts had been looking at the Taiaroa
Head lighthouse as a potential location for the film.
''If they have looked at the Taiaroa Head lighthouse, it
wasn't while I was there,'' Mr Langsbury said.
Enterprise Dunedin public relations and communications
manager Sharon O'Loughlin said she was unable to assist with
any information, and referred The Star to an official press
release from Film New Zealand.
A Dreamworks Studios spokeswoman would not answer questions
about whether filming was going ahead on Otago Peninsula and
also referred The Star to the press statement.
On August 12, Dreamworks Studios' announced The Light Between
Oceans would begin filming in New Zealand and Australia next
According to the release, ''production on the film will begin
at the end of September and will include several weeks of
filming in the Marlborough and Otago regions of New Zealand,
as well as a week on the Australian island of Tasmania''.
The film is to star Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender, Alicia
Vikander and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and will be be
directed by Derek Cianfrance, who also wrote the script.
Heyday Films' David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are producing
Dreamworks Studios president of production Holly Bario
thanked Film New Zealand for its assistance in helping bring
the film to New Zealand.
''It was important to find the perfect locations to help
fulfil our director's vision for the film and we couldn't be
more excited to be filming in both New Zealand and
Australia,'' she said.
Film New Zealand chief executive Gisella Carr was delighted
to welcome Dreamworks Studios back under the new New Zealand
screen incentives, and to see the production working in
centres across the South Island.
''The production coming here is the result of successful
collaboration between a range of agencies including
Marlborough District Council, Film Otago Southland and Film
New Zealand working together with the producers,'' she said.
Film Otago Southland chief executive Kevin Jennings said his
group had helped get the film to Otago but ''it wasn't his
story to tell''.