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The Wild, Wild West is Whipping Up A Storm in The Waikato!

Jimmy Wilson wants to be a real cowboy! When Jimmy gets a chance to learn from the best and baddest cowboy gunslinger of them all - the formidable Blade O'Sullivan – he takes it! If you love cowboy movies and comedy, you will love this Kiwi tale with a twist.

Filming of ‘Real Cowboy’ is well underway in Te Aroha for local short filmmaker, actor, and wannabe cowboy Phil Palmer. Until recently Palmer been working on film projects in the USA, and is now keen to create something special in his own backyard.

Palmer explains; “A few years ago a friend and I were discussing an idea for a short film, and I went on to write a script - Real Cowboy was born. A Kiwi cowboy comedy. With the help of my contacts in the industry, I set about bringing the film to Te Aroha and the surrounding areas. My plan was to bring this ambitious project to my neck of the woods.

“The project has wings, and with the help of many wonderful people, it is coming to life. It's a real community project, covering Te Aroha and Tauranga. We will be shooting the majority of the film at the Tauranga Historical village, thanks to the amazing staff there. We have an awesome team on board, including Kevin Luck (Director), and Jacqui Gilbert (Co-Producer and first AD).

“Production has begun, and we're aiming to complete the film by November. We'll be preparing it for release in early 2018.

“Don't work with children, animals, period costumes, fancy sets, special locations, specialised props, or guns they said.... oops!!! I have instead incredibly supportive people who believe in the project, and are enjoying every minute of pulling it together - I think that makes it a winner!

“We are grateful for the funding we have received so far from the Matamata-Piako Creative Communities Scheme, and the support of our Executive Producer Chris Lambert”.

The project has a Boosted campaign running to raise a little extra to cover cast and crew, and some specialized prop expenses.

Click through on the link to take a look at the Boosted campaign.

Photo credit - Shifting Light Photography -

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