Late in 2016 I was asked to shoot some production stills and behind the scenes (BTS) shots on the set of an independent New Zealand feature film, Stray. I’ve had to sit on those images since then as the film went through the lengthy post-production stages associated with a production of this scale and quality.
I’m delighted to say the film is now out and on the festival circuit so I can publish these images and talk about it! And even better, the film is receiving wide praise after premiering at the Moscow International Film Festival (the first New Zealand film to do so). Young kiwi actor Kieran Charnock picked up the trophy for Best Actor for his performance as Jack, accepting his award from actress Nastassja Kinski. So Kieran is one to look out for in the future for sure.
Kieran performed alongside award-winning actress Arta Dobroshi from Kosovo. According the films website…
“In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts.
A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland. These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains in winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal.”
It was a real pleasure to work with this crew though. Even though my time on set was short compared to the long hours most of the crew had been working on this film, it was easy to see the commitment from everyone to the director’s vision. And frankly, when you have such a talented team working together, each frame just looks gorgeous. It certainly made my job really easy. Ari’s use of light was evident on set, as once the gaffers had worked their magic, all I had to do was point my camera and shoot! Every frame already looked perfect.
Huge congratulations to the whole team involved with this movie and I cant wait to see the film when it is screened here in New Zealand as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Make sure you check out the programme and get along to see it.
UPDATE: The official movie trailer has just been released. You can watch it here.
Further articles and press:
And you can watch TV3’s ‘The Project’ piece below…