Entertainment

Wellington starts countdown to premiere of first Hobbit film

THE countdown has started for when the spotlight shines on Wellington for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, on November 28.

With just over 50 days to go, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Matthew Dravitski from Wingnut Films today started a clock on top of the Embassy Theatre that will count down the days and hours until the first of the trilogy movies is shown.

Ms Wade-Brown today also announced that for the week of the premiere, the capital would be renamed the "Middle of Middle-earth''.

She said $1.1 million would be spent on the movie and events leading up to it in the capital.

There will be 500 metres of red carpet running from Taranaki Street to the theatre, and the film's stars and director Sir Peter Jackson would be walking along it over a period of two hours.

Visitors flying into Wellington airport will be greeted with Hobbit art "the size of a small jetplane'', Ms Wade-Brown said.

A Hobbit-inspired Artisan Festival in Waitangi Park would showcase the work of craftspeople who worked on the Hobbit trilogy.

"Wellington sits at the very heart of New Zealand's innovative and thriving film industry,'' Ms Wade-Brown said.

The Middle of Middle-earth logo was designed by Daniel Reeve, an artist who worked on the cartography and calligraphy for The Hobbit Trilogy.

He paid homage to Wellington by putting a map of the city in the image, as well as a koru leaf representing New Zealand.

Mr Reeve said the round green door with a brass doorknob was an iconic image of Middle-earth and the Hobbit.

"There's the circular golden ring of course (which also) picks up the ring from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.''

In a statement, Sir Peter said he was thrilled the movie would premiere in Wellington.

"It's special showing any film to an audience for the first time, but even more so when it's in your home town.''

Mr Dravitski said Sir Peter was "incredibly supportive'' of Wellington changing its name for a week in celebration of the movie.

He would not divulge which of the cast members would be walking the red carpet, but said most would be here.

"It's obviously a huge cast and they're from all around the world and I know if they could be here in Wellington they will be.''

Ms Wade-Brown said no plans had yet been made for the next two movies in the trilogy.

Topics:  entertainment, film, movie, new zealand, the hobbit: an unexpected journey, wellington



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Towering coverage concern at Mullaway

Proposed Mullaway phone tower triggers community concerns

Emerald’s fun family affair

Owner of Woolgoolga's Woodseys Wheels Scott Bocking is offering to decorate your bike for the upcoming Emerald Beach Fair.

Mark May 29 in your diary for the Emerald Beach Community Fair

Latest deals and offers


Million dollar ice seizure in Coffs Harbour

Coffs-Clarence LAC crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson briefs the...

Rally Australia Chair Ben Rainsford

Kennards Hire Rally Australia will bring spectacular world rally action back to the NSW Coffs Coast on November 17-20.

Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford comments on Coffs Harbour City Council...

AFL North Coast preview

BACK IN THE FOLD: Grafton’s Josh Lollback returns to the line-up for today’s knockout semi final clash against Port Macquarie. Photo: Debrah Novak/Daily Examiner

Paul Taylor and Allanah Hanson take a look at the AFL North Coast news ahead of...

Renting harder in Coffs than Sydney

HIGH DEMAND: Coffs Harbour rental properties are in higher demand than in Sydney.

Coffs Harbour’s rental vacancy rate at lowest level in eight years

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.