Members of the Wakefield community spent four days in January involved in the shoot for short film ‘Opal Valley’.

“It was a major collaborative effort with a lot of talented people pitching in, plus the local Wakefield community,” says film’s writer Justin Eade.

The film will be showcased along with more than 20 others at the home-grown Top of the South Film Festival, with four screenings scheduled over September 14 and 15 at Nelson’s Suter Theatre.

In its fourth year the festival continues to expand in quantity and quality. From comedy to drama, horror to documentary and music video, the festival celebrates the best locally produced films with an exciting evening of red carpet arrivals and socialising.

Bringing together the best and most promising filmmakers from Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions, as well as some of New Zealand’s most promising actors, all proceeds from the festival go back to the Top of the South Film Production Society to enable members the opportunity to produce more films right here in our region.

Last year’s festival raised an impressive $7135.57.

Tickets are available at the State Cinema box office or online at

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