Fraser’s film premiere
New Zealand film director Toa Fraser’s latest feature, Dean Spanley, is to have its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 6. The film is part of the ‘gala programme’ which is described by the Festival as a “high profile showcase of films with major impact.” Dean Spanley, a comedy period piece set in Edwardian England, stars Sam Neill in the title role and Oscar winner Peter O’Toole. “The gala screening represents a spectacular launching pad for Dean Spanley,” Fraser said. “We put our hearts and souls into making the movie and I can’t wait to see it up there on the big screen at one of the world’s most prestigious festivals.” The movie is Fraser’s second feature; his first, No. 2, won the audience prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Apron Strings – directed by Sima Urale and set in Auckland suburb, Otahuhu – has also been selected for screening at the Toronto Film Festival.