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  • The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, 6.15pm Monday 24 September, AFTER THE CURFEW (Usmar Ismail, Indonesia 1954). Scripted by the poet Asrul Sani and directed by Usmar Ismail this little known classic is widely regarded in the archipelago as one of the most important in the history of Indonesian cinema. Fueled by political anger and disillusionment, this passionate, visually potent work looks directly at a crucial moment of conflict in Indonesian history: the aftermath of the four-year revolution which brought an end to Dutch rule. Usmar Ismail enjoyed his greatest success with this heartbreaking tale of a revolutionary hero's return to civilian life, and his confrontation of a new society cheapened by government repression and bourgeois complacency. The restored film was shown at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival as part of the World Classic Cinema section.
    Anyone can join the Film Society in the 30 minutes before the film starts, or immediately on line.

  • Nga Taonga Sound and Vision. This month in the Main Cinema: To mark suffrage month, recent films about women. This week: Gaylene Preston's MY YEAR WITH HELEN (NZ 2017), Amanda Millar's CELIA (NZ 2018), Eight Maori female directors' WARU (NZ 2017), and Hugh Macdonald's NO ORDINARY SHEILA (NZ 2017). As always, check out Nga Taonga's calendar of screenings for full details.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • Show Me Shorts Film Festival - 2018. Opening Night Roxy 12 October. Season Lighthouse Cuba 13-22 October.
  • If your festival is not listed here, please advise the Cinemaster

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    LADIES IN BLACK - Bruce Beresford's film is a real charmer. It's a winning glimpse of Sydney life in the late 50s, when attitudes are coloured by parochial views and Eastern European influences begin to find their milieu. Adapting Madeleine St John's 1993 bestselling novel, Beresford and producer Sue Millikin have beautifully captured the essence of the times with this coming of age story set in a department store, where high fashion and the women who sell it are centre of focus. They're delightful! Also Penthouse, Empire, Roxy, Lighthouse, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    MIRAI - Depicting the joyous birth of a child through a series of still photos, Mamoru Hosoda begins another multi-generational tale of a Japanese family through the lens of fantasy and imagination. In some ways this is his most straightforward piece, but perhaps also one of his most personal. An accessible and universal way of exploring the complex relationship between children and their parents. Animated.

    JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN - You've got to hand it to Rowan Atkinson. He is a genius. Whether playing comedy or drama, he keeps everything contained. Even if the comedy is broad, Atkinson keeps his performance small, which of course exaggerates the lunacy of the situation at hand. Delightful from start to finish, this third film in the franchise offers chuckles galore amid hilarious concepts, stunning locations and beautiful women. Also Empire, Readings, Monterey, Coastlands and Shoreline.

    SMALLFOOT - An animated musical adventure comedy that puts a twist on the Bigfoot story. It tells the story of a yeti who's convinced of the existence of the terrifying "Smallfoot" (aka "human"). While this looks like a family-friendly pick, expect some rude language, comic violence, and action that could be too much for young or sensitive kids. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    Sep 27 Readings
    SMALLFOOT Sep 27 Readings
    THE SEAGULL Sep 27 Penthouse
    RBG Sep 27 Lighthouse
    VENOM Oct 04 Readings
    Oct 04 Penthouse
    BEAST Oct 04 Lighthouse
    TOGETHER Oct 04 Penthouse
    STRAY Oct 04 Lighthouse
    Oct 04 Readings
    FIRST MAN Oct 11 Lighthouse
    Oct 11 Penthouse
    SHE SHEARS Oct 11 Lighthouse


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