Current Films

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

The Dawn Wall

Rating: Doco

Running time: 1 hr 40 mins

STARTS Sept 28

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.

The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.

But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall.

Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?

Mega Time Squad

Rating: R13 Violence & offensive language

Running time: 1 hr 19 mins

A low-level crim uses an ancient time-travel device to pull off heists and save himself from past/future harm in this crime comedy set in Thames, New Zealand. From the director of Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, starring Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows) and Milo Cawthorne (Deathgasm).

McQueen

Rating: M Offensive language, nudity, rape references & suicide references

Running time: 1 hr 50 mins

STARTS 6 SEPT
Documentary on late British fashion genius Alexander McQueen, featuring interviews with friends and family and footage of his spectacular, sometimes disturbing, shows.

"London Eastender Lee Alexander McQueen started his career as an apprentice at Saville Row, before his rag-trade aunt put up the money for him to study at Central Saint Martins. The influential stylist Isabella Blow (who persuaded him to use his middle name, Alexander) championed McQueen after seeing his graduation show. By 27, McQueen was head designer at Givenchy. He went on to win British Designer of the Year four times. His controversial shows made headline after headline. Behind the scenes, he drove his staff too hard, abandoned close friends, and tragically lost his way. This stunning documentary is an appropriately lavish and multifaceted celebration of his life and boundary-pushing creations." (Sydney Film Festival)

Together

Rating: M Suicide references

Running time: 1 hr 25 mins

STARTS 4 OCT

TOGETHER is a powerful drama about an elderly couple who get separated into different care homes against their will, inspired by real life stories of elderly couples caught up in the social services system.

After 60 years of marriage, Rosemary (Sylvia Syms) and Philip Twain (Peter Bowles) are happily sharing their golden years taking care of one another. When Rosemary is taken to hospital for a routine procedure their perfect retirement starts to unravel. Philip is admitted to a care home and even when his wife is returned to the marital home he is not allowed to join her. Frustrated by the system they take their lives in to their own hands and fight back. Even if they have to take a test to prove they are capable of independent living they will do it. They will do anything to be TOGETHER.

TOGETHER stars Peter Bowles (Victoria, To The Manor Born) and Sylvia Syms (Ice Cold in Alex, Victim, The Queen, Eastenders).

Stray

Rating: M Adult themes

Running time: 1 hr 43 mins

STARTS OCT 4
Set in the chilly environments of New Zealand's South Island, this stark drama follows a self-confined man reeling from an act of violence.

"Jack (Kieran Charnock, The Rehearsal), a taciturn young man on parole for grievous bodily harm, holes up in a cabin somewhere in Central Otago. It’s not clear whether he’s trying to forget the past or reconcile with it, although his hesitancy with locals suggests he’s much closer to the scene of the crime than he’d care to admit. Locked away in a prison of his own making, Jack one evening encounters Grace, very far from home and seeking refuge. Played by the captivating Arta Dobroshi, star of the Dardenne brothers’ Lorna’s Silence, Grace’s own private struggles linger beneath her attraction to Jack. These lonely, enigmatic strangers drift into a relationship that promises to either heal or hurt." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

As well as breaking a local crowd-funding record, Stray became the first New Zealand film to be selected to play at the prestigious Moscow International Film Festival. Better yet, Charnock won Best Actor.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Rating: M Sex scenes, offensive language & drug use

Running time: 1 hr 30 mins

STARTS 6 SEPT
This Sundance-winning adaptation of the coming-of-age novel of the same name sees a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) shipped off to a "conversion therapy" camp by an aunt appalled by her sexuality. Defying re-education - really, emotional abuse and brainwashing - Cameron finds friends amid the pressure to change their orientation.

"Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior) won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for her latest film, a moving comedy-drama set in a 'gay conversion' camp. 16-year-old Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass) is living with her born-again Evangelical aunt while secretly sleeping with the prom queen. When the girls are caught in the back of a car, Cameron is sent to God’s Promise, a Christian conversion therapy centre where teens are 'cured' of their homosexual attractions. It’s in this surreal setting that she forms a close bond with two friends, Jane (Sasha Lane, American Honey, Heart Beats Loud) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck, The Revenant)."

Westwood

Rating: M Offensive language & nudity

Running time: 1 hr 23 mins

STARTS 11 OCT

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated documentary on the undisputed queen of British fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood.

"Told in her own words, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a sharp-witted look into Westood’s creative process and her life’s journey from 1970s punk protests to fierce independent global figure. Westwood sits alongside Gucci, Dior, and McQueen — but only Westwood still owns and runs her empire. Today she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity and legacy as it expands to open flagship stores in fashion capitals Paris and New York in the face of global consumerism." (Sundance Film Festival)

Show Me Shorts Festival

Rating: TBA

Running time: 1 hr 27 mins

The sell out Show Me Shorts Festival is back for 2018 - ONE NIGHT ONLY!
SATURDAY 13 OCT 7pm
We're showing 'The Sampler' which includes some of the most vibrant, fun and heart-warming shorts from New Zealand and around the world. It’s a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all about. The films on offer feature a first date, an imaginary friend, an identity crisis, a vindictive toilet, Temuera Morrison in boxing gloves, lots of dogs, cats, and a visit from the President. What’s to like?

The Sampler will give you a rollercoaster of 8 films from NZ and around the world. Check out the link to watch some of the trailers.