I've been avidly following Mike Riddell's blog about The Insatiable Moon, a feature film based on his novel—the wonderful story of Arthur, boarding house resident. I love reading about another New Zealander's development processes and I've especially enjoyed Mike's blog because he seems so upfront and courageous. A great case study for every New Zealander wanting to make a feature, and probably for others as well.
And his project's especially close to home today because Mike hopes that as well as telling a great story, The Insatiable Moon will help reduce the stigma of psychiatric illness. And yesterday, a couple of mates sat at my kitchen table talking about their family members who'd been through the psychiatric 'system'; and I had a long letter from another mate who has post traumatic stress disorder. So when I saw that The Insatiable Moon needs a bit more money and Mike's set up a page at GiveALittle I wanted to help. Maybe you do, too.
The Insatiable Moon's is a co-production with Britain's Blue Hippo Media (synopsis etc here), Gillies MacKinnon will direct, and it will be shot in Ponsonby (Auckland) in November, starring Rawiri Paratene, Tim Spall, James Nesbitt, John Rhys Davies.