News 2016

Film Adaptation of Eleanor Catton's Book - The Rehearsal

23 March 2016

Filming has finished and editing is underway for the film adaptation of Eleanor Catton' first novel The Rehearsal.

The project has brought Kiwi director Alison Maclean back to New Zealand after a long period overseas, directing films and episodes of popular series including Sex and the City and The Tudors. It has also enticed Kerry Fox back to our shores. London-based for the past two decades, it is the 49-year-old Lower Hutt-born actress’s first New Zealand film since 2012's Mr Pip.

In The Rehearsal, which Catton wrote for her creative writing Master's thesis at Victoria University aged 22, a group of teens are shocked to learn their saxophone teacher has been having an affair with a student. Meanwhile, drama students use the event as creative fodder for their final show.

Eleanor won the Man Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries, which she completed the final draft for whilst holding the 2012 University of Auckland/Michael King Writers’ Centre six month residency. The Luminaries is being made into a BBC miniseries.