Waitaki Herald : July 16th 2014
32 WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 16, 2014 NEWS Oamaru-based author Graeme Leather, titled The Home Front: North Otago 1914-18, looks at the battles those who stayed at home fought in the face of adversity. The book tells the story through newspaper clippings, advertising, propaganda posters, photographs and other forms of correspondence to give readers an idea of what life was like in the North Otago region during World War I. Leather, a former history teacher who has worked in the book industry for 30 years, says he’s always had a soft spot for learning about the past and his first book was always going to reflect that. ‘‘I’ve always wanted to write a book and it wasn’t until recently I found the time to do it. ‘‘I thought it was about the right time and it’s relevant, especially with it being 100 years since the war started and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings next year.’’ He says the book is dedicated to North Otago. ‘‘It’s about the local area specifi- cally, but the same things were happening around the country. I think it’s an important subject for people to understand, the sacrifice people made throughout the war staying at home. It’s a great study of human emotions too. ‘‘People got tired of the war very quickly. By 1917 the fundraising efforts had dried up and people’s enthusiasm and energy had gone, they were over it. When the war Book tells of toll at home front N By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org ot all wars are fought on a foreign battlefield. A new book written by It’s over: A photograph of peace celebrations in Oamaru in November 1918. Photo: Supplied ended, celebrations went on for days.’’ Leather is launching the book at the North Otago Museum on August 5 at 6pm, 100 years to the day since news broke in Oamaru that war had been declared. The launch coincides with the opening of a World War I exhibition at the museum. The public are invited to attend the book launch. Writer: Oamaru author Graeme Leather with this book TheHome Front: North Otago 1914-18. Japanese film to be shot at precinct By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD email@example.com Oamaru’s Victorian precinct is to act as the backdrop for a Japanese television movie about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, with filming set to take place next week. Oamaru will represent several South American countries as well as the United States and Cuba when the cameras are rolling between July 22 and 25. The movie is about an American man who helped bring the 1964 Olympics to the Japanese capital, titled Tokyo Olympics ’64. Whitestone Civic Trust heritage co-ordinator Faye Ormandy says several scenes will be shot on Harbour St, the area behind Harbour St, Tees St and Itchen St. Though Harbour St will be closed temporarily on July 23, most businesses in the area will remain open and pedestrian traffic will not be greatly affected. Between 60 and 70 crew will be on site for the duration of filming. Ormandy says the crew filmed in Oamaru several years ago and were aware of what the precinct had to offer. Ican Models and Talent are seeking male and female extras with multi-ethnic backgrounds to feature in the background of several scenes, and there is also potential for small feature roles. Ormandy says the latest film Lights, camera, action: Harbour St is one of several areas in the Victorian precinct that will feature in a Japanese-made movie about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. crew to visit Oamaru shows the town is becoming increasingly popular with international film- makers. ‘‘There’s been four inquiries in June alone. I think people are recognising that Oamaru is a great place to film. We have some fantastic locations in the district. ❚ Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being involved in the movie as an extra.
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