Kiwi indie B-grade sci-fi film getting traction overseas

A Kiwi film which has been a labour of love for a an Auckland artist over four years is nearing completion - and is lapping up the laughs from overseas audiences.

The Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy - or "Boulder" for short - is a comedy about three guys who are suddenly thrust into the world of an old b-grade sci-fi movie.

Chris Nicolson, who has been the everything on this film - director, financier, banker, prop-maker and more - never managed to secure funding for the film, but decided to do it anyway.

Overseas audiences seem to love it, with Chris saying that they "laugh in all the right spots".

So far, it has been entered in two film competitions, and has won two awards in the comedy categories.

The Kiwi premiere will be at the Victoria Theatre in Devonport, where some of the movie was shot, next month.

Chris Nicolson’s movie 'This giant papier mache boulder is actually really heavy' was made on a shoestring budget. Source: Seven Sharp


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Chris Nicolson’s movie 'This giant papier mache boulder is actually really heavy' was made on a shoestring budget. Source: Seven Sharp

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