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Monday, 20 May 2019 04:32 am

The Insatiable Moon is still on the rise

CAPTION: Rawiri Paratene as ‘Arthur’ and Sara Wiseman as ‘Margaret’ in a scene together.

A CAMBRIDGE couple has made a splash in the international film scene, even though funding for their film was turned down.

The Insatiable Moon has won a major award at the Colorado-based 12th Moondance International Film Festival.

The film, adapted from Mike Riddell’s 1997 book of the same name, will receive the Atlantis Award for feature filmmaking made outside the USA.

Mr Riddell went on to produce the film, and his wife Rosemary directed it.

The film’s $470,000 budget was raised through fundraising and private investors after the New Zealand Film Commission backed out, Mr Riddell says.

SCENE BEHIND: Rosemary and Mike Riddell.

“We were surprised when they pulled out. They never really liked the story in development.”

Mr and Mrs Riddell received the news of their win in an email last month.

“We were absolutely stoked,” Mr Riddell says.

“To not only get in, but win one of the major prizes.”

Awards for the festival will be presented at a ceremony this month.

The film has garnered international attention, as it has already been screened in New Zealand and in England, and a DVD will be released in the UK in the next few weeks.

“It does seem to be gaining an audience,” says Mr Riddell.

The award is not the Riddell’s first at the festival, however.

Mrs Riddell’s short film, Cake Tin – also produced by Mr Riddell – received the Sandcastle Award for short filmmaking at the festival in 2006.

“It’s a nice connection,” says Mr Riddell.

Both travelled to the USA to receive the award in 2006, but are unable to return this year due to an upcoming trip to France.

Producer Rob Taylor will attend the festival and accept the award instead.

The film is also entered into 12 categories of the 2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Awards, for which nominations will be announced later this year.

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