Director Alison Maclean (Kitchen Sink, Jesus' Son) returned to New Zealand for this adaptation of Eleanor Catton's acclaimed debut novel. The psychological drama stars James Rolleston (The Dead Lands) as one of a group of acting students who use a real-life sex scandal involving a tennis coach, as creative fuel for their end of year show. The cast mixes experienced names (Kerry Fox and Miranda Harcourt as drama teachers) with emerging talents (Ella Edward). Connan Mockasin supplies the soundtrack. The Rehearsal debuted at the 2016 NZ International Film Festival.
Acting's hard work Stanley; you have to earn my respect.– Hannah (Kerry Fox) to Stanley (James Rolleston)
Released in New Zealand cinemas in 15 September 2016
World premiere on 23 July 2016 at Auckland's Civic Theatre as part of the Auckland arm of the New Zealand International Film Festival
Followed by further festival screenings in Auckland and other cities