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It’s looking like an exciting, entertaining and thought provoking line-up of films in this year’s Autumn Events programme from the New Zealand International Film Festival. As usual in this offshoot event from the main festival, a mix of screen classics and New Zealand premieres will screen both Saturday and Sunday in three big cinematic weekends throughout May (7 – 8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22) at Hoyts Riccarton. Films announced recently for the jam-packed programme include provocative comedic documentarian Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Janis Joplin bio-doc Janis: Little Girl Blue, and the smash-hit, 17th-century-set horror film The Witch, a film that’s being hailed as one of the most accomplished debut features of recent years by newbie director Roger Eggers. They’ve joined already-announced films in the full line-up, which that includes Kurosawa’s spectacular, epic take on King Lear, Ran, cult Coen classic Fargo and modern animated treasure The...
Cityscape News & Reviews
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If it’s one thing Brit filmmakers love (and do exceptionally well), it’s a genre-spanning, working-class, feel good underdog tale – see The Full Monty, Billy Elliot, Made in Dagenham, Kinky Boots and Brassed Off, among others. With Pride, director Matthew Warchus ups the ante with the unlikely, real-life, double-underdog alliance between gay activists and striking Welsh coal miners during the Thatcher-induced mid-80s miners’ strikes, and knocks it out of the park. Seeing parallels between the gay community and the disenfranchisement of the striking miners, London activist and lad about town Mark (Ben Schnetzer) forms Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. But, while the money starts rolling in, finding miners willing to take it from the pink-tinged contingent proves near impossible until a miscommunicated call to the tiny Welsh town of Onllwyn. Sure, the road to friendship gets off to a bumpy start and when the LGSM rolls flamboyantly into town, much to...
Cityscape Books, Music & Movies
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The New Zealand International Film Festival gets a long run in to its main programme later in the year with the staging of its Autumn Classic Movie Weekends. Each weekend over May at Hoyts Riccarton, the festival will present a stone-cold silver-screen classic the way it was meant to be seen – with an audience and on the big screen. Sure to please cinemaphiles, the Christchurch programme includes the Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn musical charmer Funny Face, Marlon Brando sizzling up the screen in On the Waterfront, Orson Welles’ masterful thriller The Third Man, great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao’s final film, The Wind Also Rises, and David Lean’s 1962 biopic Lawrence of Arabia, a film that has virtually come to define the term “epic” as it applies to movies. Films screen on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons and evenings throughout May; see the New Zealand International Film Festival website for ticket...
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There was a lot of pressure on Baz Luhrmann to recapture the lightning in a jar of earlier efforts Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet following the cinematic tranquiliser of 2008’s Australian tax payer-funded Australia. So it’s no pearl-clutcher to see the flamboyant director throwing everything into, and at the audience if you’re watching the 3D version, The Great Gatsby. With a commitment to excess akin to Donatella Versace’s love of a sunbed, Luhrmann has faithfully recreated the Art Deco-decadence of a roaring ‘20s writ large and brought screamingly into life in prohibition-era New York and Long Island. The sets are sensationally lavish, gilded and otherworldly diaphanous – make no mistake, this is quintessential Luhrmann territory and he’s got his game on. Visually Gatsby is achingly beautiful and the attention to detail staggering, no more so than during Jay Gatsby’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) legendary shindigs, an attempt to lure former love Daisy...