Luvvie bludgers looking to bludge some more

What is it with the movie industry?

Always with their hands out for more taxpayer dosh to subsidise their already incredibly subsidised bludging lifestyle.

The film-makers behind Once Were Warriors are asking the public for half a million dollars to get another movie off the ground – and will reward investors with a stake in the production.

The team behind the classic Kiwi movie – including director Lee Tamahori and producer Robin Scholes – will also helm The Patriarch, with actor Temuera Morrison taking a starring role.

The adaptation of Witi Ihimaera’s 1994 book Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies is due to begin pre-production here in December, Scholes said.

It will be Tamahori’s first New Zealand film since Once Were Warriors.   

Producers of the film, which would be shot in Gisborne on a budget of $9.4 million, listed it on new equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect today.

Scholes said after an overseas investor didn’t come through at the last minute, filmmakers needed an extra $500,000 to get shooting underway.

“We are at the very, very last stage, and this will be the final push that we need to get it done.”

The Patriarch was funded to the tune of $400,000 by NZ on Air in 2012.

Despite all the money these people have made in the past they won’t invest their own coin into ideas. Instead they are doing “crowd-funding”…a fancy name for bludging.

They have already touched up the taxpayers for $400,000, now they want more from the public.

All this arts bludging really needs to be nipped in the bud.

Cancel it all. Concert Programme, Royal NZ Ballet, NZ Symphony Orchestra, NZ on Air and movie funding.

Axe it all.

Bludger payments and subsidies just encourage them to bludge some more.


– Fairfax

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