Taripo of Casting Talent Cook Islands was charged with finding 70 locals to be extras in the movie and says working on the movie was “very good.”
He says the extras were rotated throughout the production and a core group featured as village mamas and papas.
Taripo says the country could gain tremendous benefit if more movies were filmed here as the industry brings widespread benefits to communities.
“I think it’s the government’s job to promote our country to the world through our tourism agency that we are a great location to film.”
He says the government here could learn from the Samoan government which has invested significantly in the country being a good location, supporting its own filmmakers like Tusi Tamasese who wrote and directed the highly acclaimed and compelling drama, The Orator.
“The arts is an amazing way to promote a country and the film industry is huge.”
As for Gary of the Pacific, Taripo says there were some parts he thought “weren’t quite PC.”
“I came out thinking, oh gosh, so that’s how it turned out to be!
“I found some parts a little bit offensive, but I suppose it’s about not reading too much into it and just go with the story.”
Taripo says local crew did not get to read the full movie script beforehand and had to rely on briefs.
What he would like to see happen in future with any film made here is for a group of locals experienced in the film industry having the opportunity to read scripts and advise on any cultural issues.