Current Films

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

For My Father's Kingdom

Rating: E

Running time: 1hr 37mins

STARTS 22 AUGUST
Driven by his deep faith in God and traditional culture, a flat-broke Tongan pensioner must navigate not only the rough streets of South Auckland, but also his tumultuous relationship with his New Zealand born son who struggles to accept his father's commitment to a Kingdom that tore their family apart.

"A moving piece of filmmaking, one that's intensely personal but manages to explore universal themes along the way." 41/2 stars - Stuff.co.nz

Heartworn Highways

Rating: E

Running time: 1hr 32mins

Tuesday 27 August 7pm (bar open 6pm)
August's FAR OUT Film Night presents

An intimate look at the hard living “Outlaw Country” movement of the 1970’s. Most of these singers and songwriters chose to work outside the confines of the Nashville music establishment playing their own brand of traditional country and folk music.

Musicians Include: Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Herbs: Songs of Freedom

Rating: PG Violence & offensive language

Running time: 1hr 31mins

STARTS 29 AUGUST
Directed by Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: The Story of Our Song), HERBS: Songs of Freedom brings together the band's key living members in an emotional round of interviews, jams and memories culminating in a reunion concert. 40 years on from the formation of the band in the heat of the 1970s Dawn Raids and the Bastion Point occupation, the film documents the band in the context of music as social activism.

HERBS: Songs of Freedom explores the success of Herbs, the much-loved pioneers of Pacific Reggae with interviews with band members past and present, as well as exclusive full-length concert footage from the reunion show. The band were creators of uniquely Kiwi protest songs 'French Letter', the classic 'Sensitive to a Smile' and garage-party good-times anthem 'Long Ago'.

Director Tearepa Kahi commented on the film: "When I grew up, Herbs represented a new voice - they brought fresh narratives and choruses to the front line of New Zealand. Their brand of reggae had widespread popular appeal, but they weren't just a good time, they opened our eyes to what was really happening. It's one thing to hold a placard, chant and march against a dragon. It's another to pick up a red guitar and slay the dragon with reggae. And that's Herbs."

Produced by Cliff Curtis (Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, Eagle vs Shark) and Reikura Kahi (Poi E: The Story of Our Song), HERBS: Songs of Freedom was produced by Boot Hill Films, Jawbone in association with Herbs.

HERBS: Songs of Freedom was funded by New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Te Māngai Pāho and Māori Television Service and is distributed by Rialto Distribution.

The Public

Rating: M Offensive language

Running time: 2hrs 2 mins

STARTS 8 AUGUST
A sit-in by patrons at a public library escalates into a police standoff in this David versus Goliath drama directed by, and starring, Emilio Estevez.

"It begins quietly enough in a Cincinnati library on a winter's day. Stuart (Estevez) and Myra (Jena Malone) do their best to manage the daily assortment of knowledge seekers, loiterers, and homeless people who frequent their branch. It's freezing outside. As closing time draws near, Jackson (The Wire's Michael K. Williams) sparks an act of civil disobedience among his fellow library patrons who have nowhere to sleep. They refuse to leave, defying first the entreaties of the library staff, then a local political operative (Christian Slater), and soon a team of riot police led by Detective Ramstead (Alec Baldwin), a hard-charging crisis negotiator. Outside, a TV reporter (Gabrielle Union) juices up the story for the wider world." (Toronto International Film Festival)

Dan Carter: A Perfect 10

Rating: TBA

Running time: 1hr 32mins

STARTS FATHERS DAY - 1 SEPT

Documentary on All Black legend Dan Carter, focusing on his World Cup campaigns and promising to reveal the rugby superstar's personal side. "It’s definitely more of myself than I’ve been comfortable giving in the past. I’ve been incredibly lucky in my life with the opportunities I’ve been given, but I’ve also had some dark times along the way," says Carter. "I hope audiences take away from the film that you can reach your goals no matter where you come from and what you come up against."

Runnation Film Festival

Rating: E

Running time: 1hr 42mins

TWO SCREENINGS ONLY
Thursday Sept 5 & Sunday Sept 15
RunNation Film Festival 2019. An evening of inspirational running films and a gathering of like-minded people.

2019 marks the fifth year of the RunNation Film Festival. Founded in Sydney and now an international event, the festival has been attended by athletes and runners from all around Australia & many parts of the world. We receive film submissions globally and curate it into an incredible two-hour screening. It is not just about running; It is about the celebration of the human spirit, using running as a medium of storytelling.

This years' line up is truly international and is our best ever. Two of the 10 stories screened will be screened for the very first time. It is truly "The Best Running Event Without Breaking A Sweat"

Capharnaum

Rating: M Violence, offensive language & drug references

Running time: 2hrs 3mins

A rebellious kid wishes to sue his parents for having him in this Cannes Jury Prize-winning drama from Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?). Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs and nominated for the Cannes Palme d'Or.

"Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is only 12, but he's seen enough of this life to resent his very existence. With numerous children to care for, his parents resort to some inventive scams, such as saturating garments with tramadol, which they then pass along to Zain's incarcerated brother who reconstitutes the drug and sells it to fellow prisoners. More alarmingly, Zain's parents have sold his 11-year-old sister's hand in marriage, which prompts Zain to run away. He befriends an Ethiopian cleaning woman, whose baby he eventually becomes guardian to. But life on the streets offers Zain fewer and fewer places to hide. Encouraged by a current affairs program seeking to draw attention to child poverty, Zain files a lawsuit against his parents for giving birth to him. The trial provides the frame through which Zain's story unfolds." (Toronto International Film Festival)

Support the Girls

Rating: M Offensive language, sexual references & nudity

Running time: 1hr 33mins

STARTS 1 AUGUST
The filmmaker behind art comedies Computer Chess and Results follows the tight-knit staff at a dodgy sports bar.

"Lisa (Regina Hall) is the general manager at Double Whammies, a dodgy sports bar where the waitresses must dress in revealing clothing, and deal with the leering clientele. Despite the circumstances, Lisa loves her staff and the customers and has an infectious optimism. She is also fiercely protective of her employees, helping them deal with absent babysitters, money problems and abusive boyfriends. The film takes in one particularly awful day that cruelly tests Lisa’s optimism."

Girls of the Sun

Rating: R16 Violence, sexual violence & suicide

Running time: 1hr 55mins

STARTS SEPT 12
"It's a remarkable film, very powerful, a wonderful screenplay"
- Cate Blanchett, President of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Jury

Selected for the 2018 Cannes and Toronto film festivals and based on true events surrounding the Yazidi women soldiers, Girls of the Sun is an inspirational war story like no other.

Lawyer-turned-freedom fighter Bahar (Golshifteh Farahani) prepares to liberate her Kurdistan village and free her son taken hostage by extremists. French journalist Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot), herself traumatised by the recent death of her husband in Libya, arrives to cover the story of Bahar and her Kurdish army known as ‘Girls of the Sun’. During her time spent embedded within the ranks of this all-female unit of former ISIS captives, Mathilde faces her own inner demons and finds strength through adversity.

A marked departure from Eva Husson’s debut, Girls of the Sun is an incendiary and unashamedly emotional film that pays respect to largely unacknowledged Kurdish female warriors who have played a monumental role in the fight against ISIS.

Ophelia

Rating: M Violence

Running time: 1hr 46mins

Daisy Ridley is the title character in this retelling of Shakespeare's Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective. Co-stars Naomi Watts as Gertrude.

"Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Caught between her desires and her loyalty, Ophelia has to decide where her devotion will ultimately lie." (Sundance Film Festival)