Father’s pride as son’s film premieres

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Proud moment .. Josh Thomson's father, David, at the Timaru premiere of Gary of the Pacific at Movie Max on Thursday night. PHOTOS: RACHAEL COMER

by Rachael Comer
A large crowd gathered at Movie Max Timaru on Thursday night for the opening night of Gary of the Pacific, a movie starring former Timaru man Josh Thomson.
The Timaru event was the final leg in the movie’s tour throughout New Zealand, as part of a series of exclusive preview screenings.
The Timaru event included a live cross to Josh’s television show The Project
For Josh’s father, David, the event was a chance to see his son on the big screen, surrounded by friends and family.
“I’m very proud,” he said.
Born in Timaru in 1981, Josh grew up in South Canterbury and went to Springbrook School, Waihi School and Timaru Boys’ High School.
His father has a role in the movie, in the background in a restaurant scene.
“You see a lot of the back of my head.”
Being home to premiere his movie was an “amazing feeling”, Josh said.
“It’s extra special to be here.”
He said shooting the movie had been a fulfilling experience.
“You see quite a bit of me in the movie.”
It was shot mostly in Rarotonga, and the filming had often been “very hot”.
“It was very hot there and I’m a very sweaty guy.”
To accommodate this, Josh was often fitted with sanitary pads under his outfits to absorb the moisture.
Comedian Urzila Carlson spoke to the audience before the movie began, and was later joined by Josh, who thanked Timaru for supporting his latest project.
The movie opened throughout the country last Thursday and tells the story of struggling real-estate agent Gary Vasisi, played by Josh, who becomes the chief of a sinking Pacific Island.