Gearing up for the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), one of Hong Kong’s most passionate and dedicated Hobbit fans is about to set off on an adventure to New Zealand in a real life Middle-earth experience they would once have only dreamed possible.
Fans will have the opportunity to meet Peter Jackson and watch a preview screening of the highly anticipated third and final film in the filmmaker’s epicThe Hobbit Trilogy at his private studios in Wellington.
Watching the massive battles of the Trilogy’s epic conclusion unfold on screen will have added impact for fans who will have just visited some of the actual filming locations where Peter Jackson and his filmmaking team captured the character and sweeping beauty of Middle-earth in adapting the timeless masterpiece for the screen.
The lucky Hong Kong winner is among up to 75 global winners of The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest—a collaboration of Warner Bros. Pictures and its filmmaking partners New Line and MGM, as well as Air New Zealand – the official airline of Middle-earth – and Tourism New Zealand, the government tourism body responsible for hosting the fans in New Zealand.
“From The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to The Hobbit Trilogy, I’ve been enjoying films by Peter Jackson throughout the journey.” Joel, the Hong Kong winner, says, “I like Bilbo Baggins most and have been motivated by his courage in such a tiny body.” Being a Hobbit fan for years, Joe is excited to have the opportunity to fly with Air New Zealand and explore New Zealand as the real Middle-earth. He looks forward to starting the dream journey soon, especially visiting the filming location—Hobbiton.
“We’re thrilled to engage with Hobbit fans around the world on this grassroots level,” said Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution. “These are fans with passion and a sense of adventure, and we’re thrilled to invite them to experience the wonder of this last trip to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson himself in New Zealand.”
More than 140,000 thousand people from approximately 30 countries registered for The Hobbit Fan Fellowship Contest, to find the most ardent fans ofThe Hobbit Trilogy. The contest invited fans to complete a series of Hobbit film-related challenges, including sending a postcard to Peter Jackson explaining why they belonged in the Fan Fellowship, answering a Hobbit-themed quiz and supplying a video message sharing their passion for all thingsHobbit-related.
Each of the winners was invited to choose a fellow fan, friend or family member with whom to share this once-in-a-lifetime journey, which begins when they step aboard an Air New Zealand aircraft bound for Middle-earth. The fans will arrive in Auckland on November 2 and embark on a five-day expedition.
As well as meeting Peter Jackson, the group will also visit locations and see landscapes made famous by both The Lord of the Rings and The HobbitTrilogies throughout New
Zealand’s North and South Islands. The journey will show fans that the backdrops they’ve seen on the big screen are real locations they can experience as part of their holiday.