Pavlova Western’ Good for Nothing

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The world’s first ‘pavolva Western’ – a Kiwi cowboy movie – has wowed Queenstowners at its premiere in the Wakatipu. 

Good for Nothing, shot predominantly in Central Otago but also Queenstown Lakes and Southland, had its first outing in the resort tonight (Thursday) at Reading Cinema in Queenstown. 

The film, produced by Wellington-based couple Inge Rademeyer – the lead actress – and Mike Wallis, the director, also features the newly revived Kingston Flyer steam train. 

Rademeyer and former Queenstowner Wallis poured their live-savings into making the movie, a gritty comic Western, which tells the story of a grizzled gunslinger with performance anxiety. 

It got the vote of Queenstown’s mayor Vanessa van Uden – after the premiere, she said: “It was great – good entertainment. 

“It shows the versatility of what you can do around here. I don’t think anyone would have thought you could shoot a Western here.” 

Van Uden’s partner Peter Laurenson believes it’s destined to become a Kiwi cult classic. 

“It was excellent, very different to the main stream. How many Westerns get made these days? And it’s great that something like the Kingston Flyer attracted it to the district.” 

Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd says it was beautifully made. 

“And it showcases the region superbly.”