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Petone & Harbour Ward Herald : Having A Ball At Belmont
Featuring Raymond Thompson, The Tribe and New Tomorrow creator.
29 June 2005
The world as they know it may be gone, but the children making a new life for themselves in a world without adults are having a ball at the Belmont Regional Park.
According to the makers of ‘The New Tomorrow’, the young actors starring in the show – a drama based on the same premise as the hit show ‘The Tribe’ – are having a great time.“The local children acting in the new TV programme have something special about them,” says Cloud 9 Chief Executive Raymond Thompson. “Kiwi kids are nice, natural children who want to be themselves.”
Filming is now well underway for the show, which is being shot around the region, and the Belmont Regional Park providing a continuous outdoor setting – something that pleases Park Ranger Chris Wootton. Mr Wootton is delighted that the filming is taking place in the park, and also that the Korokoro Dam will be used as a regular location.
Like Cloud 9’s ‘The Tribe’, ‘The New Tomorrow’ is a children’s sci-fi adventure series in which children must create their own society in a world without adults. Unlike its predecessor, however, this show uses a wildernesssetting rather than an urban environment. Young local actors were chosen on size and looks, and Mr Thompson claims to have been heartbroken at having to turn many others away. “We would like to have given them all a chance.”
Many who missed out on main parts will be used as extras, however, and the show is set to screen on the UK’s Channel Five and Australian Network Seven – as well as some countries that took the ‘The Tribe’.
The Tribe is still showing around the world.
By Vivienne Ball