the premiere of the insatiable moon was a wonderful evening. the film is based on the novel of the same name by mike riddell which follows the story of arthur, a man who has mental health issues. he thinks he is the second son of god and is part of a community of men with mental health issues who unite around a care in the community home. some members of the community are trying to close the home down to clean up the neighbourhood and others fight for its survival. the charm of the tale is that arthur does seem to mediate something of the presence of god. there are some very powerful scenes. difficult issues are tackled but with a warmth underlying the film and a love of the humanity of the guys.
i guess every film is a long journey only i don't normally know about it. but because i know pip and mike i've followed the journey of this film on and off over 8 years or so. i remember pip saying he wanted to work with mike to turn this into a film way back! that journey has involved fund raising, script writing, recruiting, working out how to continue when a big funder dropped out and so on. in the end the whole thing was made for under a million dollars - i have no idea how exactly. so to see it being played around cinemas in new zealand and now opened in the west end was wonderful. it is actually going to be in cinemas in the uk in january/february so look out for it. you must go and see it. rawiri paratene plays arthur. he was the grandfather in whale rider which was an amazing film. he read the novel and as a result tracked mike down as he wanted to see it as a film and play arthur!