Filming the Hadfield Story

To view the earlier article on the project to get the Octavius Hadfield story on screen, scroll down to February 12.

Lights, Action, Camera!

By Roger Childs

Earlier this week Eternity Media Productions Ltd filmed the story in different locations on the Kapiti Coast.

The weather and light were ideal for filming, and I was able to catch up with the team at Brown’s Farm in Otaihanga.

The scene being filmed was one involving Kate Hadfield and her baby with some Maori friends, being approached by Kingite warriors in 1863.

Painting the flag

On hearing the warriors coming through the bush the group sit down on a rug and paint a Union Jack flag. The scene ends with Kate waving the flag.

It all went well and the baby enjoyed getting caught up in the painting. At one point to show that he wasn’t taking sides he had a blue foot and a red foot!

Other scenes have involved characters such as Henry Williams (Kate’s father), Te Rauparaha, Bishop Selwyn and Governor Grey. A number of local Maori have also been in the cast.

Settings have ranged from Paraparaumu Beach and Lake Horowhenua to Otaki’s Rangiatea Church and the home of Octavius’s great, great grandson, David.

David will be interviewed for the docudrama when he returns from the States.

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