Alice Sollis * Peter Frahm * Debbie Treadwell
Marian Burns * Michael Schaab * Tony Bunting * David Mortimer
Lorina Harding * Raewyn Guise * Andy Palmer * The Coyotes

Directed by FIONA McKENZIE

A KIWI CLASSIC.... Ray Columbus New Zealand international singing legend

The China Cup is marvellous. The pacing is fast, well-edited and the characters true. You'll truly enjoy this! By Barbara Crow New Zealand musician


Great music from some of New Zealands top musicians and singers
Beautiful scenery from the small towns and country sides of South Canterbury New Zealand

This is truly a New Zealand movie that has been made in the essence of the kiwi spirit

Music By The Coyotes, Marian Burns, Tami Neilson

RiverStone Blue Media Ltd

Record run comes to an end for movie
Full theatre to the last


The China Cup is Max-ed out.

The South Canterbury film's 14-week run at Timaru's Movie Max comes to an end today.

A "sometimes humorous love story", the film has been popular throughout the region since hitting the big screen earlier this year.

Its screening period is the longest on record for any film at Movie Max, beating The World's Fastest Indian by two weeks.

Today The China Cup will roll for the final time in Timaru at 12.50pm.

However, it could be brought back to the big screen, Movie Max manager Stu Johnson said. "If demand is there we might bring it back from mid October for those people that didn't see it."

He said the film was just as popular last week as it was in its first.

"On a Friday afternoon at one o'clock (there's been a full theatre). That's pretty amazing."

Geraldine man Peter Frahm, who wrote and also stars in the film as Charlie, is amazed at The China Cup's success and popularity.

Some movie-goers have seen the film multiple times, with one woman watching it on 27 occasions.

"It never entered my head that people would keep going back to see it."

Director Fiona McKenzie is also impressed by the response. "I think it's very gratifying that the local audience has taken to the film. I'm pleased that we were able to showcase our local talent and landscapes, but especially pleased that we made a film people genuinely responded to. I really hope audiences in other parts of the country find it equally enjoyable."

The China Cup is due for release on DVD in the coming months.

But it's not the last we are going to hear from film's cast and crew.

"Yes, we plan to make more," Mr Frahm said.

And the result is expected to be "bigger and better" than the last one.

The China Cup can still be viewed at the Geraldine Cinema.