Rob Sarkies starts production on Pike River Mine feature film in Greymouth

Production has begun into a new local movie based on the 2010 Pike River Mine tragedy, it has been announced.

The film will be directed by Rob Sarkies, who made Out of the Blue, based on the Aramoana massacre, as well as Dunedin-set horror Scarfies.

The untitled Pike River Mine feature is intended to capture "the profound impact on the community" of the disaster and be shot in Māwhera in Greymouth on the West Coast.

In a statement announcing the film, the producers said it will look "to tell the story of the Pike families who took on a thirteen-year battle for justice and accountability, shining a light on what can be achieved when ordinary people band together, choose to stand up, and fight for what they believe".

It is understood the production will work in close collaboration with members of the Pike River families.

The mine explosion on November 19, 2010 killed 29 men. 

"It has been a huge privilege to work closely with members of the Pike River families over the last five years as we prepare to share their story with Aotearoa New Zealand, and the rest of the world," Sarkies said in a statement.

"We need films like this in the world to show what is possible when individuals take a stand against injustice. Ordinary people fighting against power, doing it in their own way, and having an impact."

Details of the cast and a release date have yet to be announced, but it has been confirmed Madman will distribute the film to cinemas in New Zealand.