The Kiwi Western, Good for Nothing, affectionately dubbed a Pavlova Western, rated in the top ten movies watched by New Zealanders in its opening week. Director Mike Wallis says for him and his fiancee, Inge Rademeyer, who is also the lead actress, it's a dream come true.
"We have lived and breathed this movie for the past six years and to see it showing in cinemas across New Zealand and rating in the top 10 movies is a thrill and we're hoping that even more Kiwis get to enjoy the magnificent NZ landscapes on the big screen."
Good for Nothing is the first self-funded New Zealand film to receive a theatrical release in the United States and is building to release in over 65 cinemas across New Zealand from 3 May. Wallis says it was very important to get the film to provincial cinemas.
"We wanted to get the movie showing in provincial New Zealand, as without the incredible support from so many farmers and landowners this movie wouldn't have been possible to make. It's nice to have it playing in all the local cinemas as well as in the cities. Cinemas have welcomed the movie with open arms, they are supportive of this Kiwi venture but also excited about seeing an entertaining Western back on the big screen."
Good for Nothing has received outstanding reviews in New Zealand with many four star billings. There has been a real appreciation of the Kiwi twist Wallis has put on the Western, the dry humour, the quality of the acting, the music by John Psathas and of course the stunning scenery. Rademeyer says it's been a combination of nerves and excitement as the reviews have come out this week.
"We were hoping it would be well received but it is a real thrill actually seeing it in print and by early accounts Kiwis are really enjoying it."
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