Melbourne archivist and filmmaker Sari Braithwaite’s provocative documentary is stitched together entirely from film footage cut by Australian censors. Fresh selection from NZIFF 2018.
AU, 2018, Colour and B&W, 63 min., Dir. Sari Braithwaite
Uisdean wants forgiveness. After 16 years in prison, released to to the Highlands, he wrestles ambition with caring for his father. When the law catches up, a fraught love story intervenes, pitting euphoric reinvention against inevitability.
R18Violence,sexual violence and offensive language
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Mfor violence, offensive language, sexual references & nudity
When struggling real-estate agent Gary Vasisi (Josh Thomson) is called back to his homeland in the Pacific, he’s handed a great opportunity - the chance to take his dying father’s (Dave Fane) crown and become Chief of an island that is rapidly sinking into the ocean.
With a treasury and a tropical paradise to his name, Gary hopes to give his girlfriend Chloe (Megan Stevenson) the wedding she wants, and finally attain the success he’s yearned for. Even if it is at the expense of his people.
A new Kiwi-Pacific comedy from the creators of 7 DAYS (downlowconcept), Gary of the Pacific is in cinemas March 16.
A documentary portrait of Lithuanian American artist, graphic designer, architect and impresario George Maciunas, who in 1961 established the avant-garde art movement Fluxus, an international association of artists working in varied disciplines.
US, 2018, 120 min., Dir. Jeffrey Perkins
RP13Deals with suicide.
A cinema feature film by Māori psychologist/filmmaker Paora Joseph, director of Tātarakihi: Children of Parihaka, MĀUI’S HOOK is a raw, compelling road trip of loss, forgiveness and redemption.
Hostage to his own pain, Tama, a disturbed young man, travels the destructive road of no return as five grieving families, broken by suicide, struggle with the painful loss of a loved one.
Legendary California music festival (pre-Woodstock) that launched the state-side careers of several performers, most notably Jimi Hendrix. Fresh from sold out shows at the NZIFF 2018.
US, 1969, 78 min., Dir. D.A Pennebaker
MSex scenes and offensive language
After killing a rival in self-defense, hoodlum Chas (James Fox) must flee both from the law and from his boss, Harry Flowers. He eventually moves into a house owned by Turner (Mick Jagger), a former rock star who lives with female companions Pherber (Anita Pallenberg) and Lucy (Michele Breton). Chas and Turner initially clash, but Turner becomes fascinated with Chas' life as a criminal. Through drugs and a series of psychological battles with Turner, Chas emerges a different man.
UK, 1970, 101 min., Dir. Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Argentina, in the middle fifties. Sulamit is the daughter of German-Jewish refugees. Friedrich is the son of German-Nazis refugees. Both children are closely friends as times goes by between the fall of Peron's Government in 1955 and the years of prison, torture and death in Argentina since 1976 to 1983. The children grow up and go to Germany, both get involved in the political struggles of 1968 and Friedrich, who always rejected the Nazi past of his father, becomes a left winged militant and decides to come back to Argentina to fight against the Military Government. The love of Sulamit for Friedrich survives all these years, though he dedicates more time to his political commitments than to his personal feelings. But those two are destined to get together after all these years of separation and disagreements, because their love is more powerful than anything else.
This film was the first to bring the touching, witty work and very private life of the reclusive, brilliant photographer, Vivian Maier, to the public eye.
UK, 2013, 70 min., Dir. Jill Nicholls