Global stars’ Wakatipu frolic to hit big screen

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A film festival during next month’s Winter Games in Queenstownlaunches a new highly-anticipatedbike flick shot locally.

The Winter Games’ Auckland Airport Adventure Film Festival has secured rights to NotBad (pictured top), a 25-minute short film following the exploits of global riding hotshots in the Wakatipu.

It was shot during this year’s QueenstownBike Festival and revolves around seven riders plonked in a Queenstown mansion for a month – pushing the limits of every biking discipline.

Destination Queenstown media advisor Gizelle Regan says AntHill Films, the award-winning crew behind NotBad, are known for breaking new ground physically, visually and technically.

“The result is 25 minutes of pure entertainment that channels the vibe of early skate and snowboard films.”

It features riders Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, CamMcCaul, Andrew Shandro, Rene Wildaber and Ryan Howard.

AntHill marketing boss Ian Dunn saysit’s the first time they’ve shot a whole film in one spot.

“We couldn’t have made this film without all the help and hospitality we received from the locals … and we couldn’t have asked for a better result.”

NotBad, one of 20 on the festival schedule which runs from August 19 to 25 at Queenstown’s Reading Cinemas and Paradiso in Wanaka, is also joined on the bill by new flick The Crash Reel.

The Crash Reel is a documentary following the recovery of boundary-pushing snowboarder Kevin Pearce (pictured, above bottom) who suffers a head injury.

Games festival manager Malcolm Blakey says the two films are a solid and inspiring start to the film festival.

“It’s not often we get the chance to screen a brand new film shot in our own backyard. [And] The Crash Reel is one of the most riveting documentaries we have.

“It’s a captivating story and leaves you with a huge appreciation of the risks professional athletes take to satisfy the expectations of bigger and better tricks.”

Tickets for two August 19 sessions showing NotBad and The Crash Reel, which is 107 minutes, are on sale from 2pm today.

Tickets for the full film festival programme are available from July 18 from the Events Centre, I-site and at www.wintergamesnz.com/adventurefilmfest.