Marlborough’s feature film set to hit US screens

Nelson-based writer and producer Justin Eade, left, with award-winning Marlborough director and producer Aaron Falvey.

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Nelson-based writer and producer Justin Eade, left, with award-winning Marlborough director and producer Aaron Falvey.

A feature film shot in Marlborough will be released in the United States.

Northspur director Aaron Falvey and writer Justin Eade have signed a deal with global entertainment company Lionsgate.

Filmed in Marlborough in 2019, Northspur is an action film about a man’s struggle to save his wife in post-apocalyptic New Zealand.

It took Marlborough Falvey director and Nelson Eade-based writer five years to produce the 90-minute film.

Ead said Northspur is set to release later this year in North American territories via Lionsgate.

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“Lionsgate is a major player, in fact they are described as the largest and most successful mini movie studio in North America, so the fact that our film is released through their Home Entertainment division (streaming) is a big thrill for us, and we look forward to a continued relationship with them, making more films.

“For me, it’s the culmination of decades of work since I started writing movie scripts,” Eade said.

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Marlborough director and producer Aaron Falvey on the set of his feature film Northspur.

The couple, who have numerous projects in various stages of production, plan to travel to the United States in August to meet contacts and investors in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Falvey and Eade said they hoped to organize a Northspur premiered in New Zealand in September before an international theatrical release.

They are currently developing a second feature titled Sector 681and continue to shoot short films in the region.

“We both wanted to go in the direction of feature films, but making short films is something that, in the meantime, is doable and allows you to practice your craft,” Eade said.

Falvey’s short film rocky bottom recently won awards at international festivals.

With a plot centered around an aging boxer who refuses to quit, rocky bottom won six awards, including three awards for best theater in Hollywood, Paris and New York.

“We are simply blown away by the reception the film has received,” said Falvey.

Director and producer Aaron Falvey's Marlborough-winning short Rock Bottom won six international awards, including three best drama awards in Hollywood, Paris and New York.

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Director and producer Aaron Falvey’s Marlborough-winning short Rock Bottom won six international awards, including three best drama awards in Hollywood, Paris and New York.

After the success of rocky bottomFalvey will begin filming a new short titled Reflux. Production will start on March 19 in Marlborough.

“I wanted to try something a little different. Something that focuses on the rather sensitive topic of depression and suicide, trying to raise awareness about them,” Falvey said.

Reflux aims to be part of the Top of the South Film festival at the end of the year.

Another Top of the South Film festival will take place in May after the postponement of the 2021 edition.

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