Magik & Rose
Magik & Rose lifts the covers off the sleepy town of Hokitika a month before its Wild Food Festival - with sex in the workplace, 23 ripe sperm donors and a long-lost daughter. It is the story of two women - a dodgy city fortune-teller and a small town wife who find out they both want the impossible - a child. Magik descends upon the local camping ground in all her eccentric glory, parking her housetruck next to Jackson, a snail-farming mathematician who spends far too much time in his underwear. Making cash from the gullible locals is the excuse for Magik's visit, but not the reason. Unsuccessfully incognito, Magik tries to photograph the daughter she gave up for adoption 15 years ago. Naturally a snapshot isn't enough for Magik, who when face to face suggests she come and get her fortune told. Rose processes photo's of other people's children and sells condoms at the local chemist, in between daily attempts to impregnant herself - with the waning assistance of her husband Stuart. Friendship between Magik and Rose grows when Rose, at the end of reason, seeks hope from the spiritual realm. Carelessly Magik tells Rose exactly what she wants to here - children are definately in Rose's future. She's wrong. From this point, Magik and Rose are locked in a poignant and funny odyssey that could end a good marriage, redefine the perfect man and discover what it really means to be mother and daughter. As the Wild Food Festivals sweep through the tow, amid the mountain oysters, the gooseberry wine and Gary mcCormick, Magik and Rose find compromise and a future neither were expecting.
Magik and Rose began as an idea for a short film, then became a TV Sunday Theatre treatment, and like a snail, slowly evolved in to a 90 minute feature script. Unable to just file the idea away in the obttom drawer, writer/director Vanessa Alexander took the script to Larry Parr - the producer and creator of the New Zealand Film Commission's no-budget scheme. "The cat was, i also wanted to direct the film," says Vanessa. "I figured if i was prepared to make it under the no-budget scheme, my lack of experience might overlooked." Larry liked the first draft and was keen to develop the project. The challenge of making the film at a Hokitika location and the large size of the cast required is not somethign Larry would have normally classed as No-Budget. "What Vanessa gave me was a rare thing - a script written by someone who can actually write - and write exceptionally well," he says. Ten months, four re-drafts, and several contract negotiations later, Larry Parr, Vanessa Alexander and 24 cast and crew hit Hokitika.