Current Films

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

A Mindful Choice

Rating: G

Running time: 1hr 13mins

ONE SCREENING ONLY
Monday 24 February

New Zealand documentary on mindfulness and mediatation. The film - produced by two Ishaya monks from Greymouth - raises the possibility that humanity could live in peace. For this, a shift in consciousness is required; a shift that starts with each of us choosing for our own inner peace and happiness.

FAR OUT FILM NIGHT - 1st Anniversary Party!

FAR OUT! Film Night
1 Year Anniversary Party
Spectacular Double Feature!!

Tuesday 25th Feb - 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00

$10 CASH

HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT
(1986 - 16 min)
(check out the trailer link in the review section)
Shot entirely in the car park before a concert by heavy metal band Judas Priest. Enthusiastic and intoxicated fans happily answer questions and explain why Judas Priest and heavy metal in general is awesome. The film first grew in popularity from bootleg VHS copies passed among fans and video collectors, and grew into multi-generation dubs on an underground tape-trading network. A favourite film on the Nirvana tour bus and a genuine “cult classic”, not to be missed.

ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE
(1978 - 1 hour)
Director Les Blank (also known for the film The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin Hopkins) focusses his lens on the streets of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival in 1978 absorbing the sights and sounds of this culturally vibrant city. Highlights include a “jazz funeral”, a tribal costume contest, down home red beens and gumbo and dancing! Local musicians perform and are interviewed, including Kid Thomas Valentine, Allen Toussaint, Danny Barker, Blue Lu Barker, Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair.

La Belle Epoque

Rating: M Sex scenes, drug use, violence and offensive language

Running time: 1hr 50mins

Opener for the 2019 Film Festival, La Belle Époque is that rarest of treats: a certified crowd-pleaser that cinephiles can shamelessly enjoy. Check out the 5 star review from stuff.co.nz.

A 21st century riff on second chances at first love, La Belle Époque takes a giant conceit – an agency can grant you the chance to play the lead role in any point in history, with full cast and costume on an authentic set – and focuses on a sad, aging cartoonist (Daniel Auteuil, in a late career peak) who’s feuding with his VR-obsessed wife (Fanny Ardant, equally terrific). Instead of drinking with Hemingway or fighting Nazis, he chooses to return to the happiest day of his life: 40 years prior, when a beautiful woman walked into a cafe...

Ocean Film Tour

Rating: E

Running time: 2hrs

The International Ocean Film Tour is the ultimate film event for all ocean lovers.
STARTS 13 FEB. 3 SCREENINGS ONLY!

Adventure. Action. Ocean Life. The International Ocean Film Tour is headed to Australia and New Zealand with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries on board. 120 minutes packed with the most inspiring short films from the seven seas and the best water sports action of the year.

This year's program consists of 6 short films including Julie, where we hold our breath and meet a free diving filmmaker who has found her creative voice under the ocean’s surface, a special tour edit of the award-winning film Andy Irons-Kissed By God and the environmental film Chasing the Thunder, in which the activists of Sea Shepherd put their lives on the line to protect endangered species from cunning poachers.

The International Ocean Film Tour is the world’s premiere ocean film tour. Now in its sixth year, the International Ocean Film Tour visits 14 countries and 150 locations worldwide each year.

Beats

Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language & drug use

Running time: 1hr 41mins

1994, a small town in central Scotland.

Best mates Johnno and Spanner share a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country.

The explosion of the free party scene and the largest counter-cultural youth movement in recent history is happening across the UK. In pursuit of adventure and escape, the boys head out on one last night together to an illegal rave. Stealing cash from Spanner’s older brother, under the hazy stewardship of pirate radio DJ D-Man, the boys journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and a full-on collision with the forces of law and order.

A universal coming of age story, set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, BEATS is a story for our time – of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

Frida: Viva La Vida

Rating: E

Running time: TBA

Documentary on Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, looking at the woman - fiercely independent and tormented by love - and artist - free from the leashes of her physical bounds. Presented by Asia Argento.

Showcases Kahlo's masterpieces in some of the Mexico's most extraordinary museums, and takes a deep dive into her art of opposites and dualism - pain and pleasure, darkness and light, moon and sun, life in death and death in life.

Women's Adventure Film Tour

Rating: E

Coming to Gisborne to celebrate International Women's Day and hosted by Gisborne Boardriders Club!

SATURDAY 7 March 6.30pm

The WOMEN’S ADVENTURE FILM TOUR presented by Macpac is a collection of award-winning short films celebrating the inspiring women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.

This year’s playlist features an all-star cast of kiwi athletes including World Champion ultra trail runner Anna Frost, Olympic skier Janina Kuzma and mountaineer Penny Brothers as well as women in climbing, cliff diving, paragliding, mountain biking and more.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors all attendees will be able to enter our national prize draw. Information on how to enter will be available on screen during the show.

This event includes a guest speaker, emcee introduction and a prize draw.

Bring the family or a group of friends for a fantastic night of fun and inspiration!

The WOMEN’S ADVENTURE FILM TOUR is exempt from classification, but the films are suitable for the entire family and would obtain G/PG ratings.

Tickets available through this link https://www.eventspronto.co.nz/Womensfestival

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Rating: M, Violence & Offensive Language

Running time: 1hr 36mins

Zak (Gottsagen) is a Down syndrome person who runs away from his nursing home in North Carolina to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, he unexpectedly befriends Tyler (LaBeouf), also on the run, but for all the wrong reasons. Together, they wind through deltas, elude Zak's overprotective carer (Johnson), drink moonshine, catch fish, and search for a wrestling training camp run by Zak's idol, the Salt Water Redneck.

Mr Jones

Rating: M, Drug use, nudity & content that may disturb

Running time: 2hrs 21min

STARTS 27 FEB

True story drama from Oscar-nominated director Agnieszka Holland about about the journalist who broke the news to the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early '30s. Nominated for the top prize at Berlin.

"In March 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones takes a train from Moscow to Kharkov in the Ukraine. He disembarks at a small station and sets off on foot on a journey through the country where he experiences at first hand the horrors of a famine. Everywhere there are dead people, and everywhere he goes he meets henchmen of the Soviet secret service who are determined to prevent news about the catastrophe from getting out to the general public. Stalin’s forced collectisisation of agriculture has resulted in misery and ruin; the policy is tantamount to mass murder. Supported by Ada Brooks, a New York Times reporter, Jones succeeds in spreading the shocking news in the West, thereby putting his powerful rival, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, pro-Stalin journalist Walter Duranty, firmly in his place." (Berlin International Film Festival)

Photograph

Rating: M

Running time: 1hr 51mins

COMING SOON
A Mumbai street photographer convinces a stranger to pose as his fiancée in this whimsical love story from BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Ritesh Bhatra.

"Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Manto, The Gangs of Wasseypur) plays a street photographer who plies his trade at the Gateway of India. An impending visit from his demanding grandmother means that Rafi must make good on his promise to settle down. He somehow convinces Miloni (Sanya Malhotra), a stranger he photographed on the street, to pretend to be his fiancée so as to satisfy his grandmother. The extremely shy Miloni, a promising accounting student, is from a different social milieu to Rafi and is herself being pressured into marriage by her parents. The deception leads to many funny incidents, but also genuine tenderness between Rafi and Miloni. In this frenetic, sometimes harsh city, a quiet and unlikely romance slowly takes shape." (Sydney Film Festival)