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A New Zealand Family Enjoys the Ghost of Hamptons Past

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The premier of the television series “Witches of East End” in the U.S. marked Amy Sillman’s first trip to the country. She was accompanied by her producer, her husband and their two sons, Jude, 7, and Zak, 11.

The family was equally enchanted by their visit to Auckland, the New Zealand city that was chosen to play the fictional Hamptons. Amy, a native New Zealander, had already spent some time in the country on other projects.

“We wanted to see this landscape, this ancient, mountainous landscape, and we have the benefit of seeing it from two feet high, so it’s great,” said Ms. Sillman, who lives with her husband and sons in West Hills, Calif.

A few years ago, Ms. Sillman began performing elaborate stage costumes and costumes of the puppets featured in “Witches of East End.” The scenes were filmed in 2014. To her knowledge, her work has never appeared on screen.

“These scenes are just really easy for the guys to watch,” she said.

“Witches of East End” has become an unexpected hit on Netflix, and the mother-and-son team of Ms. Sillman and her producer husband, Eric Newman, have since found work co-producing it.

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