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The Star: September 06, 2018

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10 Thursday September 6 2018 Latest Christchurch news at The Star News Former soldier’s huge poster • By Matt Salmons FILM BUFF and former soldier Wil Wright is turning his Sumner home into a gallery of his more than 12,000 original film posters. As far as the avid collector knew, it would be the first of its kind in New Zealand. “There’s a few private collectors around, but they don’t really have them out on display.” The gallery would open this summer in the home he and his wife had moved into over Christmas. Viewing would be free, by appointment and in every room except the “bedrooms and bathrooms.” “It’s hard to get it all out on display, we’ve got about 12,000 plus pieces in the collection,” Mr Wright said. The former British Army gunsmith said he started his collection more than 20 years ago with a poster from classic John Wayne World War 2 film The Longest Day. “I was raised on the old black and white movies by my father, and that always stuck with me. The old posters had some fantastic artwork, painted by artists, it’s all cast montages these days.” Mr Wright spent 14 years in the British Army including service with the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment in Sierra Leone and five months of 2003 during the opening stages of the second Gulf War in Iraq with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment. After returning from Iraq the film-buff got a job through a friend in the United Kingdom’s film industry, teaching actors POSTER BOY: Sumner’s Wil Wright with some of his collection of famous movie posters, which he will be opening as a gallery in summer. how to convincingly use prop weapons on the sets of productions like Atonement, Flyboys, The Golden Compass and Dr Who. Come out and play at Westfield Riccarton this weekend! Exclusive offers, hair and beauty makeovers, hand massages, food tastings, express styling, kids crafts and more! Saturday 8 - Sunday 9 September

The Star Latest Christchurch news at Thursday September 6 2018 11 collection TRACKSIDE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS EVENT 2018 NOSTALGIA: Wil Wright said many of his posters, such as Dirty Harry, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rocky and Blow Up were the films he grew up watching. Three years later, he was accepted for the New Zealand Defence Force and moved to Burnham, along with his collection. After leaving military life behind in 2011, Mr Wright spent three years as a project manager at the Art Centre before leaving in 2014 to make a career out of his collection and gallery. Collecting original film posters is not common in New Zealand Mr Wright said, and he hoped opening the gallery would encourage appreciation for the original material. “You can buy a print of anything, but that’s just a print. It has no age to it, no story.” One of his favourite pieces is from pre-World War 1 medieval drama Ivanhoe. “It’s from 1913 and quite rare, I think there’s only three of them left . . . it’s 105 years old and it looks like a work of art.” He also has a poster from 1937 adventure film The Mysterious Pilot, about the real exploits of famed aviator Frank Hawks. As it is possibly the last example of the poster, it had needed extensive restoration. “Our main focus is to save these things which weren’t meant to survive,” Mr Wright said. None of the prints on FREE ENTRY display were for sale, Mr Wright said Funding would come from selling duplicates on his website. “But, if anyone has anything hidden away, please let us know. We’ll buy it off them to restore and display it.” 06210779 42L Multipurpose Flexi Tub Assorted colours. 02583353 $ 3 99 Outdoor Patio Heater Powder coated charcoal grey. 03171024 $ 147 Escape Camp Chair Includes side cooler. 03192248 Water Blaster 2000psi. Ergonomic handle. $ 147 $ 29 98 1200W Circular Saw 185mm. Blade included. 00314984 Potted Colour 10cm pot. 00162002 20m Heavy Duty Extension Lead 250V. 04332211 40L $ 18 98 Potting Mix 00849280 Garden Tool Set 00165890 $ 5 98 $ 58 50 95 ¢ EACH $ 5 85 20m Hose Reel Combo 12mm. Includes $ 49 fittings & spray gun. Free standing or wall mountable. 03130796 Merch Grade Decking Timber 88 x 21mm. H3.2. Grip tread. 00660196/5985 Portable Gas BBQ Compact & lightweight. Includes regulator. 00222265 160cc Self-Propelled Lawn Mower 4 stroke. 55L catcher. 460mm cutting diameter. 03381286 8 LITRES $ 2 07 PER LINEAL MTR $ 99 $ 399 Aquadeck Decking Oil Kwila. 00015015 $ 74 BRING YOUR BIKE, GET INVOLVED Limited spots available. Register via Facebook, or on the day for • The Art of Cornering • Slow Pro Handling Skills Kickstarttrackside SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018, 9AM–3PM (RAIN OR SHINE) MIKE PERO MOTORSPORT PARK (RUAPUNA), 107 HASKETTS ROAD, TEMPLETON PACK OF 10 Stainless Steel Solar Path Lights 2.4 lumen output. 22cm above ground. 04352112 $ 19 98 We make it easy to install your toilet $ 339 When you purchase a new toilet suite Search Bunnings toilet install Includes installation, fittings PLUS disposal Our Policy is Lowest Prices, and we’re committed to it. Our price guarantee means that where, despite our procedures supporting our Policy, you find a competitor’s lower price on the same stocked item, 15% This excludes trade quotes, stock liquidations and commercial quantities. Find your local store trading hours at • New demonstrations • Food and drink available from 9am • Motorcycle retailers and New Zealand Trucking Association onsite • Tyre and suspension information workshops • Competitions and prizes up for grabs • Visit for more details Not all services and products featured are available in all stores. See in store for product availability. We reserve the right to restrict the purchase of commercial quantities. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Prices valid until Sunday 16 September 2018, or while stocks last. BUNZ19035_STAR