An interview with Toa Fraser, the director of the new film of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's "Giselle."
Filming the Royal New Zealand Ballet was suggested by Dean Spanley producer Matthew Metcalfe. Fraser says the first idea was to adapt Cinderella, but he was more keen to adapt Giselle. One reason was that the story was "about love and joy in the darkness". The other was that top American dancer Gillian Murphy, who plays the title role in Giselle, had joined the Royal NZ Ballet with her husband, fellow dance star Ethan Stiefel.
Fraser says he was free to approach Giselle in any way he wanted.