Film Festival 2017

418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi Lopdell Precinct is pleased to present our 2017 Film Festival. With an eclectic selection of feature films, short films and live music, there's something to interest everyone - even the kids! Tickets available from Upstairs Gallery, Level 1 Lopdell House and Eventfinder. Enquiries 817 2583

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West of Eden (NZ) M | 1h 58min | Documentary, Drama l $10.00 Violence, offensive language & sexual theme 1960 in the farming heartland of central New Zealand; late summer bakes the hills brown and dirt roads cut through long standing farms to old homesteads. Among vast tracks of inherited wealth, conservatism and honour meet undercurrents of retribution and ambition. This is a place held together by allegiances, fractured by isolation and hidden desires. It is here that two young men, a Maori city boy and a prestigious farmer’s son run against the tide. Amidst the secrets and mistrust is a bond too deep to sever. Forbidden love, revenge and a family torn apart. Join the film’s Director & Composer - Alastair Riddell, Writer, Producer & Lead Female Actor - Vanessa Riddell, Cinematographer Dean Carruthers and Lead Actor Kieran Foster for a talk after the film.
Whiskey Galore (UK) M l 1h 38min | Comedy, Romance l $10 During World War II, the tiny Scottish island of Todday runs out of whisky. In the middle of war time rationing the freighter SS Cabinet runs aground during heavy fog with a cargo of 264,000 bottles of malt whisky bound for America, much to the islanders delight. When officious English commanding officer Captain Waggett demands return of the liquor, the local shopkeeper Joseph Macroon and his daughters Peggy and Catriona spearhead an island rebellion.
Adult Life Skills (UK) M |1h 36min | Comedy l $10 Anna is stuck: she's approaching 30 and having an early-midlife crisis, one that's seen her regressing to a teenager and living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and wondering why the suffragettes ever bothered. A week before her birthday her Mum serves her an ultimatum - she needs to move out of the shed, get a haircut that doesn't put her gender in question and stop dressing like a homeless teenager. Soon she is entangled with a troubled eight year old boy obsessed with Westerns, and the local estate agent whose awkward interpersonal skills continually undermine his attempts to seduce her.
Short film presentation - free entry Run time 60 minutes Drop into the theatre and enjoy a selection of award winning short films suitable for all ages.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (USA) G | 2h 24min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy l $5 In this fabulous family classic Caractacus Potts is an eccentric inventor, widower and family man who invents a magical car that can fly. The evil Baron Bombast tries to steal the car and the inventor, but grabs Potts' eccentric father by mistake. Soon the family along with candy heir Truly Scrumptious fly to a fantasy land to rescue grandpa.
Beyond the Known World (NZ/India) M | 1h 42min | Drama l $10 Beyond the Known World takes a bitter estranged kiwi couple on a passage to India in a desperate hunt for their missing daughter. Eva left New Zealand to explore India; her boyfriend returned, but Eva did not. Eva’s parents find themselves living amongst the local community and the drug-dazed expats who flock there trying to piece together the last movements of their daughter.
Dark Horse (UK) PG | 1h 25min | Documentary, Drama l $10 Not to be confused with the NZ film about chess, this is an inspirational story about a barmaid in a poor Welsh mining village that convinces some of her fellow residents to pool their resources to compete in the "sport of kings" with a racehorse they would breed and raise.
Heart of a Dog (USA) Not Rated | 1h 15min | Documentary l $10 This riveting cinematic essay from legendary avant-garde performance artist Laurie Anderson is a punk meditation on love and death. The 68 year old’s philosophical interrogation leads us through an intensely moving (yet not sentimental) journey beginning with the death of her piano-playing pet dog Lolabelle.
Stage Beauty (USA) M | 1h 46min | Drama l $10 Set on the English stage in 1660's, where men play all the female roles, Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is the most celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own, until King Charles II tires of seeing the same old performers and allows real women to tread the boards and men may no longer play women's parts.
The Re-Animator (USA) M | 1h 44min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi l $10 This 1985 cult horror tells the story of a dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend who become involved in bizarre experiments focusing on the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Song of the Sea (Ireland) PG | 1h 33min | Animation, Adventure, Family l $5 Screening for the first time in NZ at our film festival, this beautiful Oscar nominated film tells the story of Saoirse, a child who is the last of the Selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.
I, Daniel Blake (UK) A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end. Winner of the Palme d’Or (Best Film), Cannes Film Festival 2016
Robin Kewell The Lopdell Trust The Waitakere Ranges Local Board Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery The Upstairs Art Gallery The McCahon House Trust Titirangi Theatre Simon Lambert Little Red Hen Pictures Rialto Distribution Madman Entertainment Roadshow Entertainment Audience Films Curious Films
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