How Kiwi filmmakers outran cyclone Gita

Ricardo Simich,
Spy News,
Publish Date
Saturday, 3 March 2018, 5:34PM

Filming on the Kiwi movie Daffodils started last week in Hamilton — but the cast and crew were nearly all delayed by Cyclone Gita.

The musical, based on the much-loved and critically acclaimed stage play, is a bittersweet love story told with re-imaginings of the most iconic New Zealand songs ever written. It stars iZombie lead Rose McIver, 29, Home and Away star George Mason, 26, and Grammy-winning singer Kimbra, 27.

McIver and Mason play lovebirds Rose and Eric. The pair were on set in Raglan last Wednesday, for the first official day of the shoot.

The crew, which was due to fly from Wellington to Hamilton, ended up having to find alternative transport, because all flights were cancelled as Gita wreaked havoc.

The production team ended up hiring a bus and, as luck would have it, still managed to arrive in time to start filming their scheduled scenes that night.

George Mason.

The soundtrack is a who’s who of New Zealand music — Crowded House, LIPS, Bic Runga, Chris Knox, The Mint Chicks, Dave Dobbyn,  The Exponents,  Mutton Birds, Th’Dudes and Ray Columbus all feature. 

Kimbra was due on set this week in Wellington for her acting debut.

Mason’s longtime girlfriend, Australia-based French model Manon Buchalet, is here for the shoot. 

Spy hears McIver’s boyfriend, George Byrne, will be coming to see her in Wellington soon.

McIver is famous for her quirky Instagram posts to her 428,000 followers. This week she hash-tagged NZFashion wearing a shocking pink pair of Crocs on set.