Robert Catto

Canadian photographer in Sydney Australia, specialising in arts, events and locations.

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Just added a gallery of images from the launch event last night for Unscripted, an exhibition showing off the hidden talents of Wellington’s film industry - designers, crew, everyone from runners to drivers to top makeup artists and sculptors. 

Sir Richard Taylor and Gino Acevedo welcomed guests and artists to the event, heaps of the artists themselves were there as well of course!  Great night at the first floor gallery in the St James - I was happy to come on board as a supporting sponsor of the event to help these good folks out.

The exhibition is on until Saturday 9 Sept (except for Sunday), so do stop by & see what’s there - and most works are for sale, if they haven’t already been bought!


Unscripted Exhibition Opening 11 - Images by Robert Catto

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Looking forward to a few films, myself - Potiche was good fun, seeing Reign of Assassins tonight, and looking forward (a little too much!) to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil next week…the trailer’s so good, it has a lot to live up to!

One more for today - this is festival director Bill Gosden introducing last night’s opening screening at the World Cinema Showcase, at the Paramount Cinema in Wellington.

Looking forward to a few films, myself - Potiche was good fun, seeing Reign of Assassins tonight, and looking forward (a little too much!) to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil next week…the trailer’s so good, it has a lot to live up to!

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I know, I know - MORE photos of the Roxy!  But I had to stop in Miramar to check my PO box this morning, and it was the first day the cafe was open to the public, so…it only made sense to stop by. 

Loved seeing people walking around grinning as they took it all in - either that, or just open-mouthed amazement.  And deservedly so, too…so here’s about 25 new photos of the interior, taken just this morning - and added to the gallery from the construction.


Capitol Court / Roxy Cinema, Miramar 10-11 - Images by Robert Catto

permalink Nice to see the scaffolding and boards come off the Roxy Cinema here in Miramar - we’re about to have our own local picture palace again, for the first time since 1964!

Nice to see the scaffolding and boards come off the Roxy Cinema here in Miramar - we’re about to have our own local picture palace again, for the first time since 1964!

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Just added a gallery of images from the renovations at the Capitol Cinema in Miramar, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while - and it takes my mind off wondering about The Hobbit for a bit, which is good.  (I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.) 

I’ve been photographing it over the past few months whenever I’m passing, usually when I stop in to check my mail at the post office next door.  Interesting to see how the demolition went, and how different the new building is as well.  It’ll be completely walled in shortly, but I’ll add a few more photos before then hopefully!


Click here for the gallery (if you’re having trouble seeing the Flash slideshow) - Capitol Court Cinema 10 - Images by Robert Catto

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Just back from this afternoon’s rally in Civic Square for The Hobbit, featuring Sir Richard Taylor and members of the production team from Lord Of The Rings - here’s hoping we’ll be enjoying their company for the next couple of years, too!  The decision on where to film the movies is expected this week, and Wellington’s hopeful - though not necessarily optimistic…

(In case the flash slideshow is slow to load - a couple of people mentioned they were having trouble - here’s a link to the gallery itself…Rally for The Hobbit 10)

(Source: catto.co.nz)

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An estimated 1000 film technicians, directors, producers, actors and artists met tonight to discuss the situation surrounding the production of The Hobbit, which has been delayed and endangered by a worldwide actors boycott started by New Zealand Actors’ Equity / MEAA; a meeting of Equity was scheduled to take place the same evening, so it was decided to protest outside the meeting, which then failed to take place.

Having attended the meeting myself as an interested member of the film community (not as media), I agreed not to report on what was said; but the situation overall is not good.  Put it this way, if Sir Richard Taylor feels strongly enough about this to call an emergency meeting of the entire industry, well - that’s not a good sign.  We’ll see how it progresses from here, but I’m not optimistic myself.  It’s also telling that the meeting had so many concerned people from the industry in attendance, considering it was called in Miramar on only 3 hours’ notice

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Filminute.com

Caught up with my cousin John Ketchum while we were over in Canada in July - he’s living in Bucharest now, so obviously with me in New Zealand our paths don’t cross that often!  He runs a short (VERY short!) film festival from there, which is being judged by the likes of Neill Blomkamp - director of District 9 - this year. 

Definitely worth checking out the site, and the winners from previous years; so if you’ve done the V 48h Film Festival a few times and feel like something different, spend as long as you like writing, preparing, shooting and in post - as long as it’s only a minute long! 

(Entries close August 20th, but don’t worry, there’s always next year.  Oh, and if you need a DOP…)

permalink With the Blu-Ray and DVD of The Lovely Bones coming out soon (30 April?), this is a good time to read Nick Grant’s interview with Peter Jackson at the OnFilm website…and don’t forget to admire the photos, of course!  (Including one by my friend Matt Mueller, taken on set…)

With the Blu-Ray and DVD of The Lovely Bones coming out soon (30 April?), this is a good time to read Nick Grant’s interview with Peter Jackson at the OnFilm website…and don’t forget to admire the photos, of course!  (Including one by my friend Matt Mueller, taken on set…)