Inspired by true events, first-hand accounts and employing actual newsreel footage, Hope and Wire follows the aftermath of the Earthquakes that befell New Zealand’s Christchurch between 2010 and 2011, telling a universal story of family, hope and triumph against the odds.
Part One: When Len and Joycie are jolted off their couch and into their backyard by a massive earthquake, they find their young neighbours unexpectedly helpful. But unsavoury elements are on the prowl and continuing aftershocks are shredding everyone’s nerves to breaking point. Tuesday February 22, 2011 dawns peacefully enough but little does Ginny know that at 12.51pm a lethal earthquake will reveal fractures in her family that she cannot ignore. Joycie fears for Len in Lyttelton, but to Monee the earthquake means freedom.
Director Gaylene Preston is a film making pioneer in New Zealand. She is a national treasure with a diverse body of work spanning four decades of cinema across historical, fantastic and genre films, achieving success with local and international audiences alike.