Reading Cinemas Queenstown cinema complex manager Rebekah
Moore and Wakatipu Youth Trust worker Rhys Smith stand
yesterday in the newly Middle-earth-decorated foyer of the
cinema, which will host The Hobbit actors William Kircher
and Jed Brophy later this month. Photo by James Beech.
Otago's ties to Middle-earth are about to become even
stronger with a special red carpet visit by two stars of The
in support of Queenstown youth.
William Kircher and Jed Brophy, the intrepid dwarfs Bifur and
Nori in Sir Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, were
announced yesterday as the special guests of Reading Cinemas
Queenstown and the Wakatipu Youth Trust on December 21.
The New Zealand actors will walk with young members of the
trust's Youth Booth to an exclusive screening of The
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the cinema in
Queenstown Mall about 3pm.
The public will also get the chance to meet them.
The duo will be available for photographs and autographs in
the foyer of the cinema from about 4pm to 5pm.
They will answer questions about their roles and the
production from the young audience before the private
screening of The Desolation of Smaug.
Cinema complex manager Rebekah Moore said yesterday only 68
tickets would be available for the one-off youth-only
Tickets will be sold to school-aged children through the
youth trust on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wakatipu schools were contacted yesterday. Each young
person's participation must be approved in writing by a
The Middle-earth-decorated cinema foyer was ''the perfect
backdrop to this movie event and I cannot think of a better
location to hold such an event as much of the film was shot
in this area,'' Ms Moore said.
Youth trust worker Rhys Smith said ideas were always being
sought to support young people in the community.
He approached The Hobbit actors to gauge their interest and
availability only 10 days earlier.
''This is an amazing opportunity for the youth of the
Wakatipu to experience a VIP screening of one of the biggest
film franchises in history,'' Mr Smith said.
Sir Peter Jackson, cast and crew returned to Paradise near
Glenorchy to shoot scenes involving Beorn's House two years
It was one of four locations exposed to 200 media and guests
when Tourism New Zealand opened a walk-through multimedia
installation, ''The Book of New Zealand'', in Los Angeles on
Sunday night, to coincide with the world premiere of The
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Paradise and Queenstown, plus the other filming locations in
Otago, feature throughout Tourism New Zealand's global ''100%
Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand'' campaign.
Tickets went on sale this week for the midnight screening of
The Desolation of Smaug at Reading Cinemas Queenstown
next Thursday, December 12, and were expected to sell out.