Cook Islands take on lost at sea story

Friday October 16, 2020 Written by Published in Entertainment
The cast and crew of Stranded Pearl at Avatiu Wharf. 20101532 The cast and crew of Stranded Pearl at Avatiu Wharf. 20101532

A beautiful island paradise, big business, complex characters, love and betrayal set the scene for the romantic adventure film Stranded Pearl.

Produced by Rarotonga-based Anand Naidu (of Vindaloo Empire fame) who also stars as the male lead character Sid, Stranded Pearl was due to hit the big screen this year.

However, because of Covid-19 Naidu said the movie will be released early to mid-2021.

For those looking for a teaser, the trailer for the full-length feature movie that was filmed in Rarotonga in 2017 is now available on YouTube. 

Directed by Ken Khan, who helmed 2008 film Love Has No Language, Stranded Pearl offers a Cook Islands take on the lost at sea story.

A rich American woman named Julia, played by Kirsty Wright who rose to fame in the Australian soap opera Home and Away travels to Cook Islands for business with her new husband.

After a storm she finds herself stranded on a deserted island with a man called Sid, played by Naidu who at first has no time for her.

Unbeknown to Julia, Sid is on the run from New Zealand police and has a chequered past.

They eventually connect and the story rapidly develops into a gripping mix of intrigue, romance and adventure.

The flick also features appearances by veteran New Zealand actors Rawiri Paratene and Ray Woolf. 

Naidu said Rarotonga provided the perfect backdrop for the movie and the experience was thoroughly enjoyed by both cast members and the crew.

Mahayana Films produced the full length feature film with a schedule of four and a half weeks.

Check out the trailer on YouTube by searching Stranded Pearl.

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