Kapiti Observer : May 30th 2011
17 KAPITI OBSERVER, MAY 30, 2011 Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade OPEN DAY Sunday 5 June / Time: 10.00am - 2.00pm 353-355 Te Moana Road, Waikanae Are You Prepared For Winter? Latest model supplied and fitted for Waikanae residents (while stocks last) Thanks to Electric Blankets checked by Brien Electrical at a reduced rate of $10 each Chimneys - what’s good and bad in your chimney by Mr Sweep Live Displays Fun for the Kids Super Fire Burgers Safety Tips for your Home FREE Safety Advice Come along and support the Fire Service Proudly supporting our Community FREE SMOKE ALARMS Incorrigible Sam Hunt and his Purple Balloon Storytellers: From left, Tim Rose, Jim Scott and Sam Hunt. By EMMA BEER In the words of poet Sam Hunt: ‘‘Tell the story, tell it true – charm it crazy.’’ A documentary, which details the life of one of New Zealand’s most famous – or infamous – poets, has hit the big screen. Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and other stories was the first docu- mentary that was really about Sam Hunt the poet, said producer Jim Scott. ‘‘It’s the first specifically about him. It’s more biographical. ‘‘He’s centre-stage, so we talk to quite a few different people. Quite a few famous-ish, slightly older generation New Zealanders talking about him, mostly in awe. ‘‘C K Stead is a little circum- spect about him. But that’s quite good. ‘‘It’s not a big lovefest on Sam and we never intended it to be that way.’’ Scott and friend Tim Rose have been working on the documentary since 2006. Rose has known Hunt since he was a boy, when they used to go fishing. There was a desire to share some of his experiences and cap- ture moments on film for others to share, Rose said. Scott said that before the proj- ect he was a little ‘‘ho hummish’’ about poetry. ‘‘But through this I actually ended up getting quite into the poetry, quite digging it.’’ The poems do not make up the whole film, but they are part of it. ‘‘The thing is with Sam, the poems kind of are him.’’ Scott said one of the best things about the project was getting to know Hunt. ‘‘It was quite a privilege. He’s incredibly charming and that was part of the joy of making [the documentary]. ‘‘You realise why he is this iconic New Zealand character. ‘‘He’s like no-one else I’ve ever met. ‘‘He’s entertaining, he’s funny, he’s great. Even if he’s drunk.’’ ❚ Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and other stories is on at Wellington’s Paramount Cinema and will screen at Shoreline Cinema in June. Homes found: Youngsters Alexander and Eva Cattenach have already adopted their Beanie Babies from the Kapiti SPCA, but volunteers will be seeking homes for more of the collectibles this Saturday at Coastlands Mall. Volunteer Annette Buckley says Beanie Babies, stuffed animals filled with beans, can be adopted for $10 and come with an adoption certificate. Money raised will help the Kapiti SPCA provide food, shel- ter, veterinary care and new homes for animals. The SPCA would also have cute animals visiting the stand, by the Lotto kiosk from 10am till 3pm, she said. For those wishing to adopt the real thing, the SPCA centre on State Highway 1, north of Waikanae, will be open over the long weekend, 9am till 3pm Saturday and Sunday, and 9am till 4pm Monday. Adult cats can be adopted for $50. Animals available for adoption can be viewed at wellingtonspca.org.nz.
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