Rhys Darby Filming Romantic Comedy in Devonport

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

New Zealand’s latest and greatest comedy export is in Devonport, working on the next stage of his blossoming career. And this time, love is in the air.

The fourth film crew in three months is in town, this time shooting scenes with none other than Rhys Darby, in his latest film “Love Birds.” The film also stars award-winning English actor Sally Hawkins as the love interest. Her performance as Poppy in the 2008 film Happy-Go-Lucky won her several international awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Rhys, who is playing a road worker in the film, shot a scene on the Stanley Bay ferry wharf. The crew and their equipment were spread from the corner of Summer St and Calliope Rd, all the way down to the Tennis Club and beyond, and were using the Bowling Club as a base.

Rhys Darby: Discussing women and fish on the Stanley Bay wharf

Rhys Darby: Discussing women and fish on the Stanley Bay wharf (but not in this photo)

The word on the street is the scene is a conversation between Rhys and his mate, who discuss the similarities between woman and fish! The location was also used because of the stunning Auckland CBD skyline in the background. The film directed by NZ director Paul Murphy (son of NZ director Geoff Murphy) also stars English actress Sally Hawkins. The crew is also planning shoots in other Devonport locations, including North Head.

Rhys' love interest is played by English actress Sally Hawkins

Rhys' love interest is played by English actress Sally Hawkins

The Speculator, despite displaying some sickeningly oleaginous behavior with the charming PR agent and various members of the film crew, was unable to secure an interview with Mr Darby.

The project is financed by Silver Reel, Icon, the New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand on Air, TVNZ, DigiFilm and Eyeworks.

“Love Birds” will be released in 2011 by Icon Film Distribution in the UK and Icon Film Distribution Pty Ltd in Australia & New Zealand.

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