Show Times

Wednesday 22, November

The Story of Me

The Story of Me

R13

Thursday 23, November

No Filter

No Filter

R13

Decent People

Decent People

M

Friday 24, November

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

M

Alba

Alba

PG

Saturday 25, November

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

The Beginning of Time

The Beginning of Time

M

Sunday 26, November

Margarita, That Sweet Chaos

Margarita, That Sweet Chaos

PG

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

B Movie: Lust & Sound

B Movie: Lust & Sound

M

Monday 27, November

Miguel and William

Miguel and William

M

Tuesday 28, November

Rambleras

Rambleras

PG

Wednesday 29, November

Papita, Mani, Toston

Papita, Mani, Toston

PG

Thursday 30, November

Monica Brewster Evening: Remco de Blaaji

Monica Brewster Evening: Remco de Blaaji

exempt

Saturday 2, December

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; I, Claude Monet

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; I, Claude Monet

E

Sunday 3, December

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Curious World

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Curious World

E

Thursday 7, December

One More Time with Feeling

One More Time with Feeling

MOffensive language

Saturday 9, December

Being Billy Apple

Being Billy Apple

exempt

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Artist’s Garde

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Artist’s Garde

E

Sunday 10, December

The Air is a Material

The Air is a Material

exempt

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; Michelangelo – Lov

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; Michelangelo – Lov

E

Thursday 14, December

No Ordinary Sheila

No Ordinary Sheila

G

Saturday 16, December

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

Sunday 17, December

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

Thursday 21, December

No Ordinary Sheila

No Ordinary Sheila

G

Saturday 23, December

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

Sunday 24, December

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

exempt

Saturday 6, January

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; I, Claude Monet

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; I, Claude Monet

E

The Man who fell to Earth

The Man who fell to Earth

R18

Sunday 7, January

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Curious World

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Curious World

E

Thursday 11, January

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

PG-L

Saturday 13, January

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Artist’s Garde

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Artist’s Garde

E

Sunday 14, January

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; Michelangelo – Lov

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; Michelangelo – Lov

E

David Bowie is

David Bowie is

PGCoarse language, sexual references & drug references

Sunday 21, January

Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death

Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death

Exempt

Sunday 28, January

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

PG

Fukushima, Mon Amour

Fukushima, Mon Amour

M

Sunday 4, February

Waru

Waru

MViolence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb

Thursday 8, February

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

R16

Sunday 11, February

School Life

School Life

exempt

Sunday 18, February

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

exempt

Sunday 25, February

Night Shapes

Night Shapes

R16

Sunday 4, March

Mahana

Mahana

MSexual references & content that may disturb

Thursday 8, March

City of Gold

City of Gold

MOffensive language

Sunday 18, March

The Arbor

The Arbor

exempt

Sunday 25, March

Winter Sleepers

Winter Sleepers

R16

Alba

Alba

PG

The award winning film Alba is a tender coming of age story following the troubled childhood of an eleven-year-old girl as she attempts to find her way through adolescence. Painfully shy, Alba passes most of her time in silence, preferring solitude and the company of small animals. Alba lives with her divorced and ailing mother, until her mother’s collapse sends her to hospital. Sent to live with her eccentric and solitary father, whom she hardly knows, the film follows their relationship as they slowly and tentatively get to know each other.

Friday 24, November

B Movie: Lust & Sound

B Movie: Lust & Sound

M

Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything seemed possible. B-MOVIE is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied but creative decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where the days are short and the nights are endless. Where it was not about long-term success, but about living for the moment - the here and now.

Sunday 26, November

Being Billy Apple

Being Billy Apple

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Billy Apple the man, the artist, the brand.

Since the 1960s this iconic individual has been turning the art world on its head.

In the early days of pop art and during the birth of the conceptual movement Billy Apple created works that were original, challenging, and controversial.

From New Zealand to the Royal College of Art in London and his own Gallery in New York Billy Apple was part of a generation that pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be an artist.

Along the way he created a brand that may one day end up on supermarket shelves.

Saturday 9, December

City of Gold

City of Gold

MOffensive language

This affectionate portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold is also a love letter to the culinary and cultural wonders of Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills fine dining to strip mall noodle joints and taco carts.

Thursday 8, March

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

M

After decades long struggle, intensified during The War of Independence of 1895, Cuban liberation army, while exhausted, had almost achieved autonomy from Spanish colonial rule. Simon and Samuel are two Cuban kids who will experience the defeat of the Spanish Army in their country and the ensuing US occupation in 1898, which frustrated the national desire of independence, as an intense period of their lives.

Friday 24, November

David Bowie is

David Bowie is

PGCoarse language, sexual references & drug references

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of David Bowie’s extraordinary career. Bowie is one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times and the exhibition brings together more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades. Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture and the exhibition focuses on his creative processes, shifting style and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre and film.

Sunday 14, January

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

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Filmed over three years, this documentary captures David Hockney’s return from California to paint the East Yorkshire landscape of his childhood. It follows his move away from photography to find renewal in nature, working outside for the first time, through the seasons and in all weathers.

As the film reaches an epic climax, a revealing portrait emerges of what inspires today’s greatest living British artist.

Sunday 18, February

Decent People

Decent People

M

Eric, 10, finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. The man has trouble keeping their heads above water and building a relationship with his son. Maria Isabel, the woman Gabriel works for as a carpenter, decides to take the child under her wing.

Thursday 23, November

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; I, Claude Monet

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; I, Claude Monet

E

From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.

Based on over 2500 letters and narrated by Henry Goodman, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed.

Shot on location throughout Europe at the very spots he painted, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the most loved and iconic scenes in western art.

Saturday 2, December

Saturday 6, January

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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; Michelangelo – Lov

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; Michelangelo – Lov

E

The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man?

A virtuoso craftsman, Michelangelo’s artistry is evident in everything he touched. Beautiful and diverse works such as the towering statue of David, the deeply moving Pietà in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and his tour-de-force, the Sistine Chapel ceiling still leave us breathless today.

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.

A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time.

Sunday 10, December

Sunday 14, January

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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Artist’s Garde

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Artist’s Garde

E

Taking its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet, the American impressionist movement followed its own path which over a forty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about its art as a creative power-house. It’s a story closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and iconic locations throughout the United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.

In 1886, the French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel brought a selection of his huge stock of impressionist paintings to New York, changing the course of art in America forever. American artists flocked to the French village of Giverny, home to the master impressionist Claude Monet, and cheered the French new wave: painting outdoors with a new found brilliance and vitality. As Europe recoiled against the work of Monet, Degas and Renoir, Americans embraced it and created their own style of impressionism.

The timing of Durand-Ruel’s transformative visit was perfect. As America steamed into the Industrial Age, urban reformers fought to create public parks and gardens: patches of beauty amid smokestacks and ash heaps. These gardens provided unlimited inspiration for artists and a never-ending oasis for the growing middle class, made up of increasingly independent women, who relished the writings of English horticulturalists Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson. Meanwhile the rise of wide-circulation magazines cultivated the idea that gardening was a path to spiritual renewal amid industrial blight and the belief that artists should work in native landscapes.

As America made its epic move from a nation of farmers to a land of factories, the pioneering American Impressionists crafted a sumptuous visual language that told the story of an era.

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism features the sell-out exhibition The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920 that began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and ended at the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Saturday 9, December

Saturday 13, January

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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Curious World

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: Season 4; The Curious World

E

After 500 years Bosch’s paintings still shock and fascinate us. Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary.

Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film from EXHIBITION ON SCREEN directed by David Bickerstaff.

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch features the exhibition ‘Jheronimus Bosch - Visions of Genius’ at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the southern Netherlands, which brought the majority of Bosch’s paintings and drawings together for the first time to his home town of Den Bosch and attracted almost half a million art lovers from all over the world. With his fascinating life revealed plus the details and stories within his works seen like never before, don’t miss this cinematic exploration of a great creative genius.

One of the most important exhibitions of our century. The Guardian

A once-in-a-lifetime show. The Financial Times

One helluva homecoming.nThe New York Times

Sunday 3, December

Sunday 7, January

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Fukushima, Mon Amour

Fukushima, Mon Amour

M

Marie and her husband separate on their wedding day. Now, the young woman wants to get as far away as possible from the place of the tragic event. She travels to Japan with the organisation “Clowns4Help” to help the survivors of the Fukushima catastrophe. Marie quickly realises that she can’t carry out the task. But she doesn’t want to give up. She accompanies the ageing geisha Satomi to her destroyed house in the exclusion zone, which has been radioactively contaminated since 2011. A surprising friendship slowly forms between the two very different women, from which both have a lot to gain.

Sunday 28, January

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

PG

Teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time?

Sunday 28, January

Mahana

Mahana

MSexual references & content that may disturb

From the author of ''The Whale Rider'', a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960`s.

Sunday 4, March

Margarita, That Sweet Chaos

Margarita, That Sweet Chaos

PG

Rafo is a divorced father in his forties who lives like a single in his twenties until his cute and determined dauther of 11 years old, Margarita, knock his door and move in to his house without previous notice. The life of Rafo will give a dramatic, chaotic and funny shake up through which he will discover himself and other people like Claudia, his pretty neighbour. Margarita will change the life of Rafo and everybody around her, forever.

Sunday 26, November

Miguel and William

Miguel and William

M

Leonor, an inquisitive young woman passionate about theatre, daughter of a Spanish merchant in England, has to leave London to marry a widower, a wealthy Spanish Duke. Leonor leaves a forlorn lover in London, William Shakespeare, a promising comedy author. Back in Spain, Leonor meets Miguel de Cervantes who has lost his self-confidence in his own talent. She convinces him to write a comedy to celebrate her marriage to the Duke. But Shakespeare appears unexpectedly as he has decided to follow her to Spain and stop her marriage to the Duke. Leonor sees a chance to bring together the two writing talents and so create a unique work. But the pretense does not last very long.

Monday 27, November

Monica Brewster Evening: Remco de Blaaji

Monica Brewster Evening: Remco de Blaaji

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We welcome Artspace's new director Remco de Blaaij.

Remco comes to New Zealand from Glasgow where he was Senior Curator at the Centre of Contemporary Arts. Prior, Remco worked at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands where he co-curated Picasso in Palestine with Charles Esche, Khaled Hourani, Fatima Abdulkarim and Galit Eilat. He was also part of the team of Be(com)ing Dutch, a two-year project led by Annie Fletcher at the Van Abbemuseum, that dealt with residues of globalisation, national identity and immigration.

Remco's 2012 research project, completed at Goldsmiths University, explored border practices of visual culture against the background of Suriname, South America. In 2013, he was recipient of the CPPC/ICI Travel Grant for Central America and the Caribbean. His written work has been published in a range of international publications.

Thursday 30, November

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

R16

A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita's true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.

Named in 2016 as the no.1 film on BBC Culture’s 100 greatest films of the 21st Century.

Thursday 8, February

Night Shapes

Night Shapes

R16

The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants.

The down-and-out, the rich and the poor, the polizei, the street kids and taxi drivers, in search of a little bit of happiness, all end up going for a harrowing odyssey through the labyrinth of the big city.

Sunday 25, February

No Filter

No Filter

R13

Pía (Paz Bascuñán) is on the verge of a nervous breakdown: Her boss humiliates her, her husband ignores her, her stepson does not respect her, and her best friend does not listen to her. Pía has a strong chest pain and after trying everything to heal she decides to undergo an acupuncture treatment. The Chinese doctor discovers that Pía’s pain are all of her feelings that she has not taken out and with an ancient technique, he takes out the filter. From now on, Pía will not filter and realize that the only way to heal is to say everything she thinks… which obviously will not bring good results.

Thursday 23, November

No Ordinary Sheila

No Ordinary Sheila

G

Sheila Natusch is no ordinary

writer, illustrator, historian, naturalist, sailor, cyclist, mountain woman

She's also a strong character, with a warm and witty personality, who makes light of her many successes and setbacks over a long career of telling New Zealand stories in words and drawings, and getting out in the mountains and on the sea to experience the exhilaration of the 'wild life' to the full.

No Ordinary Sheila tells her life story, from her upbringing on Stewart Island in the 1930s, her studies at Otago University in the 1940s, her teaching and writing career in Wellington thereafter, and her amazing adventures in the wild places of New Zealand.

Thursday 14, December

Thursday 21, December

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One More Time with Feeling

One More Time with Feeling

MOffensive language

A unique one night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. The film will screen in cinemas across the world on 8th September 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.

Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s narration and improvised rumination.

Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is fragile, raw and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.

Thursday 7, December

Papita, Mani, Toston

Papita, Mani, Toston

PG

Take Me Out is a spirited love story between Andrés (Jean Pierre Agostini) and Julissa (Juliette Pardau), both of whom are passionate fans of baseball. Unfortunately their happiness can’t be complete: Andrés roots for Los Leones del Caracas, while Julissa is not only an ardent supporter of Los Navegantes del Magallanes, but is also the team manager’s daughter. When Andrés mistakenly gets tickets to see a game in the Magallanes VIP Zone, he gets enchanted by Julissa, but the rivalry between their teams may lead them down the road of Romeo and Juliet.

Wednesday 29, November

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

Projection Series #8: Long Dream of Waking

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At the heart of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre’s cinema programme, Projection Series returns with its eighth instalment, surveying the landscape of historical and contemporary fine art filmmaking. The series continues to encourage audiences to experience the wider world of local and international film and moving image.

This series includes the masterpiece of Surrealist cinema Un Chien Andalou (1928), made by Luis Buñuel with Salvador Dali, and Maya Deren’s celebrated experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943). Alongside these well-known works, Long Dream of Waking showcases Bells of Atlantis (1952-3) by Ian Hugo, featuring abstract colour effects by Len Lye, and The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa (2016) by Ane Hjort Guttu and Daisuke Kosugi.

Approximate running time: 73 minutes

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Rambleras

Rambleras

PG

The seaside promenade in Montevideo is the setting for three women struggling with life’s ups-and-downs as they search for happiness. The women – a single girl, scared of being alone forever, another whose man is still attached to his ex-wife and an old lady who has nobody left – will learn from each other that it’s always possible to shift and get out of one’s current existence. Somewhere between the luminous spring sky and the promenade, these intimate stories reflect a small and rather lonely world, but one where a generous helping of humour plays an important part.

Tuesday 28, November

School Life

School Life

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A year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School, housed in an 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden's life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now they must start making preparations for their retirement? What will keep them young if they leave?

Sunday 11, February

Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death

Ted Hughes: Stronger Than Death

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Ted Hughes is widely recognised as one of Britain's greatest poets. He is also one of the most controversial. The Heathcliff of poetry who 'attracted more scandal than any other literary figure with the exception of Lord Byron' as one contributor notes. Now, for the first time, the events of his life and the breadth and influence of his poetry are the focus of a major documentary.

Featuring the first television interview with Frieda Hughes - poet, artist and daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Path - alongside a rich seam of testimony from family members, friends, fellow poets and writers, this film will illuminate one of the 20th century's most influential cultural figures and show how his compelling life story shaped his vision as a poet.

Sunday 21, January

The Air is a Material

The Air is a Material

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Documentary about premier New Zealand photographer Ann Shelton.

Ann Shelton was one of NZ’s first female photojournalists. This Air is a Material deepens the understanding of an important artist & her work.

Sunday 10, December

The Arbor

The Arbor

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A mix of documentary and fictional elements tells the story of doomed playwright Andrea Dunbar, who wrote about the difficult life she endured growing up in England's Bradford housing projects. Archival footage featuring Dunbar is presented, along with interviews with family members, including her daughter, Lorraine, who led a similarly troubled life. Excerpts from Dunbar's most famous play, "The Arbor," are performed on the streets of her hometown and at Buttershaw Estates, where she lived.

Sunday 18, March

The Beginning of Time

The Beginning of Time

M

Antonio and Bertha are an elderly couple of around 90 years old. Their problems begin when their pensions are suspended due to a social and financial crisis in their country. Since they must survive on their own as their two children have not seen them for a number of years, they find themselves faced with the harsh reality of having to sell their belongings, prepare street food and even to steal. The life of the elderly couple changes when their son Jonás and their grandson Paco, who have been away for more than ten years, appear unexpectedly.

Saturday 25, November

The Man who fell to Earth

The Man who fell to Earth

R18

Seminal Cult Classic by Nicolas Roeg, starring David Bowie.

Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is an alien who has come to Earth in search of water to save his home planet. Aided by lawyer Oliver Farnsworth, Thomas uses his knowledge of advanced technology to create profitable inventions. While developing a method to transport water, Thomas meets Mary-Lou, a quiet hotel clerk, and begins to fall in love with her. Just as he is ready to leave Earth, Thomas is intercepted by the U.S. government, and his entire plan is threatened.

Saturday 6, January

The Story of Me

The Story of Me

R13

O Contador de Histórias (The Story of Me), a Luiz Villaça, a movie based on the life of Roberto Carlos Ramos, is a story about how affection can change reality. The youngest of 10 brothers, Roberto showed a special talent to tell stories, by changing through narrative his own experiences about frustration into beautiful and touching fables. At age 6, the boy filled with imagination goes to live in a newly opened government institution, which main goal is to help young and poor children. His mother takes him there believing it will guarantee a better future for her child. But the reality of the institution is very different from what was advertised on TV.

Wednesday 22, November

Waru

Waru

MViolence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb

A sisterhood of Māori female directors bravely share their insights into the complexity of child abuse, in a sequence of eight short films which seamlessly become one. At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. His tangi, set on a small rural marae, is the centrepiece of the film, but there is an underlying disturbance of heavy themes touching on culture, custom and shame.

We see a single death through the differing lenses of the extended family, community, and in one sharp sequence, national media too. Waru weaves multiple reactions and offers a glimpse into the events which ensue upon the killing of a child and the conflict created among loved ones.

As Waru’s grandmothers, Kararaina Rangihau and Merehake Waaka deliver electrifying performances, demonstrating their skill in the art of karanga. As their wailing and laments call on their ancestors to safely take their mokopuna, a challenge for his body unfolds.

Māori humour isn’t absent, and neither are the subtexts within the banter, leaving me to wonder if our ability to laugh in times of sorrow is a cloak to mask our pain. Antonio Te Maioha and Miriama McDowell are powerful in challenging roles, which left me questioning if I would have the same courage to intervene.

The subject could hardly be heavier, but this is a hugely important film. Unless we are willing to be tested, we have no chance of reducing our shameful child abuse rate here in Aotearoa. It’s a film everyone in the family should see and talk about.

Sunday 4, February

Winter Sleepers

Winter Sleepers

R16

Local farmer Theo (Josef Bierbichler) is a man struggling to keep his family happy and fed. One day he heads out with a horse in a trailer hitched to the back of his car. Also in the trailer, hiding, is his young daughter who stowed away without permission. On a slippery road, things are about to change. A chain reaction has begun, a door has been opened, and the hand of fate has entered the game as an invisible player.

Sunday 25, March

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

PG-L

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (sometimes called Bowie 1973) is a 1973 documentary and concert film by D. A. Pennebaker. It features David Bowie and his backing group The Spiders from Mars performing at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 3 July 1973. At this show, Bowie made the sudden surprise announcement that the show would be "the last show that we'll ever do", later understood to mean that he was retiring his Ziggy Stardust persona.

Thursday 11, January