It's that time of year where local film buffs will clearing the decks, dipping into their savings and setting up out-of-office email replies; the New Zealand International Film Festival returns to the city for another year from 28 July for two and a bit weeks of cinematic celebration at the Isaac Theatre Royal and Hoyts Northlands.This year's line-up for Christchurch includes over 100 features and documentaries from New Zealand and around the world, with the Festival including a number of premieres, including a world premiere for Christchurch in the form of Le Ride, a new documentary from The Amazing Race host and go-getter (and Christchurch boy made good) Phil Keoghan that retraces the 1928 Tour de France route. The opening film of the festival in Christchurch is also a doozy: Poi E: The Story of Our Song tells the story of the Patea Maori Club's 1984 hit and has been described as...
A night at the movies in Christchurch just got classier with the opening of the new Deluxe Cinemas at The Tannery. State-of-the-art boutique theatres designed with the discerning cinemaphile in mind, the new venue comes to us from the Stewart family, the brains trust behind Alice Cinematheque (nee In Videoland), the film library and Egyptian-themed mini-picture-palace that’s a city institution.
These guys know movies, and it shows in their new venture; both the 32 seat and larger 54 seat auditoriums at the new Deluxe have been designed with careful consideration of sightlines, digital projection and a rich Dolby sound experience, and décor, lighting and climate control are all harmonised to create a supremely comfortable, sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere.
Rejecting modern multiplex mayhem for a return to the more romantic era of movie-going, Deluxe is ditching popcorn for hand-rolled ice creams, gourmet hot nuts, cheese boards from Canterbury Cheesemongers, fresh coffee, character...
Cityscape hits up some of the world’s most famous film destinations.
The world’s coming here to stand in front of all those gorgeous, green backdrops from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – so assuming you’ve ticked a few of the Rings locations off already, here are a few hot overseas destinations for feeling like a Hollywood hero.
PETRA, JORDAN – It’s hard to forget the moment when Indiana Jones arrives at the temple of the Holy Grail in The Last Crusade, and almost equally hard to believe you can have the same experience yourself in Petra, arriving by donkey (you probably won’t find any centuries-old knights, though).
PHUKET, THAILAND – The gorgeous vistas of Thailand have popped up in plenty of films, including James Bond entries and notably in Danny Boyle’s The Beach. Head to Ko Phi Phi Lee beach, dig your toes in the sand and...
1 MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Puccini gives opera wings in this timeless classic.23, 25, 28, 30 July & 1 August
2 THE POWER AND THE PASSION
NZSO bring out big guns Liszt and Mahler.15 July
3 RESENE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL
The Archi-porn film circuit. 25 June – 8 July
4 TURNOVSKY JUBILEE ENSEMBLE
NZ Chamber Music Contest turns fidd(l)y. 21 June
5 LYTTELTON FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Go large at the portside Matariki.13 – 21 June
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...
Christchurch cinephiles of all stripes are preparing to turn down evenings out, call up babysitters and get their entire lives reorganised, because the annual NZIFF is back in town for another year from 7 – 24 August to enliven winter and keep us glued to the screen for two and a half weeks.
90 films will feature in the Christchurch festival programme, with the usual lively international blend of comedy, drama, genre pics, docos, shorts, and the bizarre (thanks Strange Film guru Ant Timpson, you diabolical genius!) providing plenty to inspire and entertain.
Typically there’s so much on offer this year that it’s impossible to get to everything, with a record number of films playing in Christchurch this year, but Cityscape will be keeping an eye out for Frank (pictured above), sci-fi pic Snowpiercer, and Housebound – the Kiwi horror-comedy that's winning mad plaudits overseas – among others. We also dug...
Lang Masters has no plans to retire. The octogenarian owner-operator of the Hollywood 3 Cinema in Sumner just keeps on trucking, with his lifelong love of – and service to –cinema in New Zealand recently officially recognised by a service award from the New Zealand Motion Picture Industry Council.
Lang and his wife Maureen have kept the Hollywood running for over 50 years, through all the ebbs and flows of the movie business during that time – the rise of television, the advent of the mass-market multiplex, and now the age of home theatres and Internet piracy. The Hollywood is comfortably Christchurch’s oldest surviving suburban cinema. Lang’s own love of cinema goes all the way back to his immediate post-school days.
"It's been over 50 years. As long as I'm alive, I'll be doing this," the octogenarian recently told The Press. "I enjoy it and if you enjoy it, it's not...
Exciting news! Comedian Rhys Darby has declared Christchurch as the ideal place to shoot the DVD of his comedy show.
“I started my performance career there, I lived there, started in stand-up there, met my wife there, studied there and I know that Christchurch people can laugh with the best of them,” Darby says. This Way to Spaceship is due in town in early October and with all that Christchurch has been through and is going through, Darby says he is really looking forward to it. “I can’t imagine how hard it has been and still is for people in Christchurch,” he shares. “I have seen pictures of where I used to live and perform, on the corner of Lichfield and Manchester Streets, and it’s all gone. I know people are still struggling.” As part of this UK tour, Darby is currently performing “Spaceship” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show...