From Iguanas to Red Carpet: FIrst view of Return to Nim’s Island
|All photos by Ryan Makepeace|
A film premiere is a lot like a wedding. There’s so much excitement about the event – the dress, the venue, the weather – that it’s easy to forget the reason behind it.
|Mango the baby rhino having a mud scrub|
And when a film premiere is held at Australia Zoo, so that between the media call, the book signing and the red carpet, you watch condors and crocodiles in action, feed kangaroos and elephants, and help to smear a mud bath onto a baby rhinoceros, it’s even easier to forget that you’re there to see the film. To see, for the first time, the culmination of five years of work, crossed fingers, prayers and angst. To be in an audience and understand whether or not the film works.
Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio