2017 Film and Theatre Programme
Kororāreka - The Ballad of Maggie Flynn by Paolo Rotondo takes us from wretched beginnings in old London town to the lawless outpost of Kororāreka (Russell), for a brief moment New Zealand’s capital in the era of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Maggie’s legend is reimagined with the story telling skill of Paolo Rotondo and the visual flair of Red Leap.
A 2-Day Massive Company Introduction to Theatre Workshop for youth living in the local area. Massive Company LOVES to play, pretend, explore, devise and make our own theatre. We use our own personal stories and experiences as the basis of the theatre that we make. Our workshop will have you dancing, running, skipping and loving to pretend!
Inspired by the humour and music of Prince Tui Teka, Billy T James and also their contemporaries The Modern Māori Quartet. The Māori Side steps will present music that is fun, witty, satirical with a sing a long flavour fused with character comedy and hilarious banter.
The Studio Season returns with a two day open rehearsal (free to drop in) followed by a ticketed evening presentation of the rehearsed reading of STUFF, featuring Donogh Rees, Elizabeth McRae, Rachel Nash and Munashe Tapfuya.
Rawiri Paratene is one of NZs most loved communicators and is referred to as a ‘National Treasure’. In this, Paratene’s first solo show, audiences are invited look through the round window at his life as an actor and activist; a koro and a naughty taurekareka! Join Rawiri as he shares yarns, poetry and song (some of his own, others of his choosing) in a whimsical and insightful but ever joyous performance.
Te Reo Māori Theatre show for rangatahi Hinepau is adapted from a classic children’s book written by Gavin Bishop and first published in 1993. The 2017 production uses te reo Māori-speaking actors to present a mythical story about respecting your environment and staying true to yourself.
This film is based on In My Father's Den, Maurice Gee's third novel published in 1972. When his father dies, Paul (Matthew Macfayden), a world-weary war journalist, returns to his Central Otago hometown. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a teenage girl (Emily Barclay). Their relationship is frowned upon and when she disappears, the community holds him responsible. The events that follow force Paul to confront a tragic incident he fled as a youth, and face dark secrets.
An evening of poetry-based films building on the success of the inaugural 2016 Lyrical Vision programme. Locally-based Robin Kewel and Martin Sercombe - collaborators in bringing film to the people - team up to present an eclectic assortment of short films seldom seen, all influenced by poetry. It is a rare experience to see films of this unique nature and to meet their makers.
A Double Doco Delight
In Perfectly Frank the Life of a NZ Writer biographer Michael King takes us through the life of pioneering writer Frank Sargeson: from puritanical parents to self-discovery in London, through to decades encouraging an emerging tide of New Zealand writers.
A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield examines her complicated relationships with her family and homeland, her turbulent personal life, her writing — credited with changing the course of the English short story — and her early death in France in 1923, at age 34.