Current Films

Tickets are $14.00 across the board, not bad eh!

Soldiers Without Guns

Rating: M War footage & content that may disturb

Running time: 1hr 32mins

STARTS APRIL 17
This film shines a light on the untold story, of unsung heroes and their, “mission impossible.” The riveting journey of kiwi soldiers as they land unarmed into the heat of a 10 year civil war using only the weapons of Music, Maori Culture and Love to create peace. This is a story all New Zealanders can be proud to call their own.

Woman at War

Rating: PG

Running time: 1 hr 41 mins

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent Icelandic woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.

"Delightful... near-perfect" - Variety

"Delightfully odd... Frequently hilarious... Never loses sight of what is at stake" - NZ Herald

"A social justice warrior-style Joan of Arc" - British Film Institute

Vai

Rating: PG Course language

Running time: 1 hr 28mins

Vai is a feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water.
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Fiji: In a modest dwelling in Fiji a 7 year-old girl with boundless energy tries to understand why she has to say goodbye to her home country and extended family as her mother prepares her to leave Fiji.

Tonga: Vai, now 13, dreams of going to NZ to sing but her day-to-day chore of filling up water bottles from the neighbourhood water tanks makes her feel as though she will never leave Tonga.

Solomon Islands: While fishing from a small canoe off the coast of the Solomon Islands, 16 year old Vae argues with her mother about the correct way to bait the fishing hook.

New Zealand Born Samoan: Having worked hard to get into university, 21 year old Vai is now a top student, and one of only two pacific islanders in her class but with her attendance waning due to pressures at home, she finds it difficult to get support from her tutor and struggles to find her voice in a system that isn’t built for her.

Kuki Airani (Cook Islands): Amidst apathy, fear and the trappings of colonialism Vai makes a stand for change on her island of Rarotonga, finding her voice as an activist.

Samoa: In her 40s now, Vai returns to Samoa to perform for an important event but, having been away for many years, Vai struggles with her connection to the performance.

Niue: Vai, now 64, tries to convince her granddaughter, Moana, that leaving the island of Niue will give her an equal start in life.

Aotearoa: An elderly Vai, 80 years old, gathers with her whānau (family) by the river’s edge to perform a naming ceremony for her great granddaughter, Vai.

The Heart Dances

Rating: E

Running time: 1 hr 29 mins

When celebrated Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his production designer brother Otto arrive in New Zealand to prepare their work The Piano: the ballet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the stage is set for a voyage into uncharted territory for everyone involved.

For Moss Patterson, engaged by the RNZB as Māori advisor, the work epitomises cultural appropriation. He challenges the concept of freedom of expression so important to the Bubeníčeks while raising important questions about representation with the ballet company. The dancers face challenges of a different kind as they come to terms with the famous characters of Ada, Stewart and Baines and the love triangle they are caught up in.

As the whole company works to bring this memorable story to the stage, aspects of the film that inspired the ballet continue to be played out – old world versus new, new relationships, new challenges – while Jiří and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they ever imagined.

La Piscine

Rating: M retro nudity

Running time: 2 hrs

FAR OUT FILM NIGHT
ONE NIGHT ONLY - Tuesday 30 April
An intoxicating, sun-soaked mystery with the skimpiest of wardrobes, cult 1969 thriller La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) drips 60's Cote d’Azur glamour. Set almost entirely around the limpid pool of a villa in the hills above St Tropez, wealthy couple Jean-Paul and Marianne (played by Alain Delon and Romy Schneider) are indulging themselves in a languorous summer holiday when Marianne’s record-producer ex Harry appears out of the blue with his coltish daughter (Jane Birkin) in tow. Old rivalries, repressed jealousies, stifling heat and copious alcohol bring libidos to boiling point with deadly consequences.

One Day Ahead

Rating: Exempt

One Night Only! $15 tickets from trybooking .com (link below) or on the door if tickets are still available.

The documentary follows 8 Kiwi blokes as they take on the adventure of a lifetime, by riding the entire 2018 Tour de France Course one day ahead of the pros.

While the documentary has a background of cycling, the movie appeals to a wider audience capturing a microcosm of life in 23 days showing the highs and lows as the team bonds together to strive to achieve the goal of riding the entire Tour de France.

The documentary will be followed by a Q&A session with one of
the riders from the team.

To date the team has raised over $85,000 for The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Thunder Road

Rating: R13 Offensive language

Running time: 1hr 32mins

STARTS 26 APRIL
A police officer raises his daughter as a love letter to his late mother in this SXSW-winner written and directed by and starring Jim Cummings.

"Officer Jim Arnaud’s eulogy at his mother’s funeral does not go as planned. Struggling to stay focused as his emotions take over, the tongue-tied 30-something launches into a free-wheeling diatribe of confessional digressions, not helped by the fact that he cannot seem to get his mother’s favourite Bruce Springsteen song to play on his daughter’s pink stereo. Consumed by sadness, Jim searches for some semblance of control in an otherwise crumbling existence. Propelled by an extraordinarily unhinged central performance from writer-director-star Jim Cummings (expanding from his award-winning 2016 short film of the same name), Thunder Road is a painful, often blackly funny exploration of grief, mental illness and the fragile male ego."

The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillips

Rating: TBC

Running time: 1hr 35mins

STARTS 2nd MAY
Documentarians Julia Parnell (New Zealand) and Robb Curry (UK) tell the cautionary story of musician Martin Phillipps and his legendary band, The Chills.

"Martin Phillipps came tantalisingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. At 54, he’s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realise his musical ambitions before it’s too late. This intimate portrait follows the eccentric Martin as he reconciles a lifetime’s worth of curious collections, looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits and relives his place in the iconic Flying Nun and Dunedin sound. With a startling sense of humour even in the blackest moments, we bare witness to one man’s universal battle with the fear of failure and the jarring reality of his own mortality." (SXSW Film Festival

Mountain Film

Rating: E (exempt) PG recommended for under 15s

SCREENING May 2, 5, and 10
Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart - HEART. These films feature a mix of adventure, environment and celebration of the human spirit.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. People come together from all walks to life to enjoy a night of adventure, excitement and adrenaline. We are excited to bring MountainFilm to the Dome for the first time this year.

Mountainfilm on Tour is proudly presented by TOUR PARTNER, Osprey who are donating incredible spot prizes for each night.

Mountainfilm on Tour is proud to be partnering with G Adventures – one of the world’s greatest adventure travel companies. G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the planet's most awe-inspiring selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions.

One lucky person will get a chance to pick any of the award-winning trips up to the value of $8000. So that means you can pick a tour anywhere between Cuba or China; Machu Pichu or Morocco. What about flights you ask? Of course, it is covered! International return flights up to the value of $2000 from your nearest Australia international airport.

So how do you win this amazing award-winning trips that embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport which puts you on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife? Simple. Attend any of the Mountainfilm on Tour shows and enter at the screening for your chance to win.