The Long and the Short of It (2003, dir Sean Astin)


During filming in New Zealand of 'The Two Towers' (second in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) some of the stars of the movie got together to film this short, and a Stagecoach singledecker got in on the act.
"It was filmed in Wellington in June around the remaining part of the former trolleybus yard. Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord of the Rings movies, himself plays a cameo role as the bus driver and the bus concerned is a 2001 MAN 12-223 diesel with Designline Ashburton bodywork, fleet number 1302" (thanks Bryce Pender) For good measure the bus carries poster advertising for 'The Lord of The Rings'on its side:
A companion short film, 'The Making of The Long and the Short of It' has better footage of the bus, and also a passing MAN 11-190 SLF, 627:
Evidently the weather was indifferent!

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