Saturday, August 1, 2009


Short film showcases Central Otago landscape

Central Otago’s distinctive landscape provides the backdrop for a short film about the consequences of violence .

Eden was shot in a vineyard in Bannockburn, a small grape-growing community near Cromwell, and is the story of two itinerants, each damaged by a troubled past, who re-learn how to trust again.

The film was written, directed and produced by Dunedin-based writer Rebecca Tansley.

Crew members were recruited from both Central Otago and Dunedin.

“The story doesn’t relate directly to Central Otago – it could happen anywhere – yet I set the story in that location very deliberately,” says Ms Tansley. “The landscape around Bannockburn is scarred from its goldmining history, a little like the characters are emotionally scarred by their pasts. It’s also a very raw yet beautiful place. There are the qualities I wanted to capture.”

The film, shot in High Definition, features the cinematography of Emmy-Award winning cameraman Mike Single.

Music was written by Graeme Downes, founder and frontman of the Verlaines and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Rock Music at the University of Otago.

“Both the landscape and the music are very important elements in the film,” says Ms Tansley, “so I was very fortunate to have Mike and Graeme involved. They’ve really helped to make Eden what it is.”

Eden is a Short Film Otago film which is funded by Community Trust Otago.

For further information please contact:
Rebecca Tansley
021 423570

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