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  • The Covid alert is at Level 2 and is projected to remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

  • The Wellington Film Society, 6.15pm Monday 21 September at the Embassy: 2 DAYS IN QUIBERON (Emily Atef, Germany/Austria/France, 2018).
    Level Two restricts gatherings to 100 people - the film society's average attendance is over 300! If our part of the country returns to Level One at midnight Monday, the Film Society will re-schedule the Jean-Pierre Melville films before they have to leave the country by the end of October. Anyone can join the Film Society at any time on line.

  • Film Festivals to note:
  • The Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2020, Lighthouse Cuba 8 - 21 October. Click on the link for schedule.
  • The Cinema Italiano Film Festival 2020, Empire 5 - 18 November. A .pdf of the programme is available on the website now.

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    CATS AND DOGS 3: PAWS UNITE - The problem at hand is that cats and dogs around the world are fighting like... well, like cats and dogs. It's an escalation noticable enough to make the human news, and the only reason the animal agency - Furry Animal's Rivaly Termination (yes, that's F.A.R.T. so now you have an idea of some of the higher humor in this flick) - knows that the fighting is influenced by an outside force. Advance screenings this weekend. Also Empire, Monterey, Readings Porirua and Coastlands.

    HOPE GAP - This film excels in the personal revelations that hinge upon the actors' performances and the sorrow of pain endured complemented by the recognition of pain wrought. While things do ultimately get heavy-handed at times, it never gets boring. Director William Nicholson doesn't allow for the easy answers or bow-tied conclusions that would render it that way. The marriage might be hopeless, but their hope for each other's happiness isn't. Advance screening this weekend. Also Lighthouse and Monterey.

    DEAD - Hayden Weal's second feature as director, following his offbeat romantic comedy Chronesthesia (2016). Weal plays a wannabe super cop, who after being murdered enlists the help of Tom Sainsbury to help him stop a serial killer. Wellington premiers this week - so no reviews yet. Also Roxy and Lighthouse Cuba.

    BECKY - A thrilling game of cat-and-mouse that leaves you unsure if the good guy is really that good at all. It's funny at parts, shocking in parts, but mostly it's just a great thriller that just so happens to have a 13-year-old girl as the heroine. It's absolutely worth checking out - you'll be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

    CUT THROAT CITY - An ambitious, messy, sprawling and bullet-riddled crime epic, with strong performances and one of the most eclectic (and electric) supporting casts in any movie this year. It ends on a note that's too clever by half, but that doesn't undercut all the vibrant, rough-edged, impressive storytelling that led to that moment.

    THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE - Director Leanne Pooley's sensitively handled doco about suicide is a painfully honest affair that deserves all the oxygen it can muster. 21-year-old Jazz Thornton, by showing her own heart and soul, coupled with Pooley's calm and methodical approach to the material, produce a powerful piece that demonstrates the complexities and the flaws of a system, but never loses sight of the humanity of its central subject and its painfully raw subject matter. From the NZIFF.

    u p c o m i n g   f i l m s
    THE SECRET GARDEN Sep 24 Readings
    HOPE GAP Sep 24 Penthouse
    ASTRO KID Sep 24 Lighthouse
    WONDER WOMAN 1984 Oct 01 Event
    IT MUST BE HEAVEN Oct 01 Penthouse
    BLACK WIDOW Oct 29 Readings
    NO TIME TO DIE Nov 12 Readings
    THE KING'S MAN Feb 25 Lighthouse


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