Like Bilbo Baggins, Hillary Clinton / Young Lover went on an unexpected journey last week. It became a film.
Plot wise, it’s the sequel to the stage show – Richard Meros turns up at passport control of a US airport. Homeland Security learns that he’s trying to enter the U.S. to become Hillary Clinton’s Young Lover. He’s frogmarched to an interrogation room where he delivers an extraordinary rendition.
The film is directed by Dean Hewison and supported by the New Zealand Film Commission, the Friedlander Foundation, Park Road Post and Roger Hall. It was shot over four action-packed days at Avalon Film & Television Studios. We ate the most delicious catering imaginable. Arthur got the chance to work with other people for once, and the cast includes Geraldine Brophy, Bree Peters, Phil Grieve, K.C. Kelly and Geoff Pinfield. There’ also a delicious cameo from the original, mysterious, real-life Wellington author Richard Meros.
It will be edited during our season at Circa and released in the US in April this year.
Geoff and Arthur are now looking forward to getting back into the theatre and being in front of an audience that isn’t “pointing things at us. Although if you want to come and point things at us, that’s OK too, but we won’t have to pretend like it’s not happening”.