Wednesday, 5 April 2017

New Zealand in the picture again

The release of the epic sci-fi movie Ghost in the Shell has again put the spotlight on #NewZealand as a special place to visit. The film opened in New Zealand last week.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, and Juliette Binoche #GhostintheShell was filmed primarily at Stone Street Studios in Wellington, with a key scene filmed in downtown Wellington.

Many of the cast and crew spent months living like locals in the capital and some were able to travel around New Zealand during their breaks.

René de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand’s Director of PR, Trade and Major Events says Ghost in the Shell is just the latest in a series of big productions being filmed in New Zealand. “It gives us another chance to promote New Zealand and everything we have to offer. It reinforces the fact that we can provide a warm and welcoming place to visit, and highlights our message that everything is easily accessible.”

Actor Scarlett Johansson, who plays the role of “Major” in the film adaptation of the famous Japanese manga, said Wellington was one of the best cities she’d worked in. “It has an outdoorsy vibe and it is so nice on your days off to be able to walk by the harbour, drive to the mountains or go hiking in the bush.

Ghost in the Shell Producer Ari Arad says Wellington has been a perfect location for filming.

Films have a powerful influence over people choosing where they want to travel. The Hobbit Trilogy is still responsible for attracting one in five visitors to New Zealand.

”This is another great opportunity for us to promote New Zealand as a tourism destination with diverse, unique landscapes alongside welcoming people,” said Mr de Monchy.

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