Just in the nick of time
STAFF at Hervey Bay BigScreen Cinemas could have had a vampire riot on their hands at the Fraser Coast premiere of flick New Moon on Wednesday night – through no fault of their own.
Staff members made the discovery early in the night that the wrong film reel had been sent to them and then it became a race against time to get the right reel delivered in time for the midnight premiere of the anxiously-awaited sequel to last year’s monster hit Twilight.
The right reel was flown in about 8pm but the drama didn’t end there, with the discovery that a digital code was needed to unlock the reel so they could play it.
An email was sent to England asking for the code – and the premiere was delayed for half an hour while staff anxiously waited for a reply to the email.
Fortunately it arrived and the crowd, which was described as being very well-behaved and understanding, was able to watch the second instalment of the series.
It didn’t disappoint.
Movie-goers applauded the start of the film and their enthusiasm only grew as the night continued, especially when a buff Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner, sauntered on to the screen for the first time.
While the cheers were reserved for main love interest Edward Cullen at the Twilight premiere almost 12 months ago, this time it was Jacob that attracted the applause of the audience.
Lautner was almost replaced in the role as Jacob matures quickly in the second instalment of the series and some thought an older actor might be more suited to the part – but he was able to put on nearly 14kg of muscle between the first two films and, judging by the reaction of the Fraser Coast audience, it paid off.
Several fans dressed up for the occasion, with some donning robes and a few sporting fangs for the premiere.
New Moon T-shirts were also a popular choice, while some opted to show their support for either Edward or Jacob.
Two cinemas were sold out for the premiere on Wednesday night and the film is expected to continue its success over the coming weeks.