Film shot on Banks Peninsula to premier at New York festival

Peninsula producer Scott Flyger oversees the start of the shoot. The film is now set to premiere...
Peninsula producer Scott Flyger oversees the start of the shoot. The film is now set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June. ​Photo: Supplied
A short film shot on Banks Peninsula and edited and produced by Governors Bay resident Scott Flyger is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

This year is the festival’s 20th anniversary and Flyger is excited beyond belief that Peninsula is screening there.

“It is a privilege to be selected for a pretty competitive and top-tier film festival. Our film was chosen by people who don’t know us,” Flyger said.

“This shows that it appeals to a global audience.”

Flyger is a long-time friend of the film’s writer and director Fiona McKenzie. After catching up several years ago, they both lamented over the lack of narrative projects made on Banks Peninsula.

An idea began to brew. They discussed making a television web-series focused on real and heart-warming content.

However, in order to source the funds to start the series, Flyger said, they “needed to put themselves back on the map.”

Peninsula was born.

It was then shot over three days in Port Levy.

Flyger said Banks Peninsula is the fourth character in the triage character film.

“It has so many extremes, big clouds or blue skies, you never know what you’ll get but it’s a beautiful place each way,” said Flyger.

Lyttelton actor Tom Trevella stars in the film. Photo: Supplied
Lyttelton actor Tom Trevella stars in the film. Photo: Supplied
The film follows actors Tom Trevella, McKenzie’s son Jasper Sutcliffe and Amber Ranson as they navigate nurturing old relationships and making new connections.

As an independent film, Flyger said it was immensely fun to make as they only had to answer to themselves.

The film was largely crowd-funded – with almost $18,000 raised on Boosted.

After completing the film, they sent it away to independent film festivals but Covid-19 led to further delays for its premiere.

Said Flyger: “It was quite wonderful to get this news so long after we started.”

Image: Supplied
Image: Supplied
The filmmakers are hoping Peninsula will move the audience.

“Our measure of the film’s success is connecting people,” said Flyger.

“When people watch the film, we want them to leave feeling changed and uplifted; seeing the world a bit differently than before.”

The film festival was founded by film producer Jane Rosenthal and actor Robert de Niro in 2001.

It runs from June 9-20.

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