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Three world premieres among NZIFF programme for Christchurch

9 July 2018

The full programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival in Christchurch has been unveiled, featuring 92 films from 27 countries.

Ten filmmakers will be hosting screenings in the city during NZIFF, which runs from 2 – 19 August 2018 at the Isaac Theatre Royal and Hoyts Northlands.

“With three world premieres, the programme is a rich feast of films that will enlighten, stun, move and challenge audiences.

We are very proud of this year’s programme. We have secured 19 films directly from Cannes, a wide selection of
gripping international films and incredible new titles from New Zealand filmmakers,” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

The first of the world premieres will be Oka no roki a nearly-wordless collage of moving images created from Slovenia-born Christchurch director Martin Sagadin’s video diary.

The second, Vanessa Wells’ East to East follows a group of Aranui High School students as they train and compete in one of the South Island’s iconic sporting events, the Coast to Coast guided by some of the city’s famous sports faces.

Finally, the much-anticipated premiere of frontline police officer Stef Harris’ Blue Moon will be held at the Isaac Theatre Royal on 8 August 2018.

“Blue Moon is an intense, character-driven thriller noir which pushed technical boundaries.

It was shot almost entirely on iPhone 7s which is a feat. It also features one of Canterbury’s favourite sons Mark Hadlow as petrol station attendant Horace Jones.

We have no doubt this will prove popular with Christchurch audiences,” says Gosden.

Other New Zealand highlights in the programme include:

  • Costa Botes’ Angie, a documentary featuring Angie Meiklejohn who survived sexual abuse at new-age Auckland commune Centrepoint.
  • Bludgeon a charming and off-beat documentary following a group of modern knights competing to represent New Zealand in the brutal sport of medieval combat.
  • Leave No Trace features much talked about kiwi actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Tom, a teenager living off the grid in a forest outside Portland with her war vet father, much to the consternation of social services.
  • Journalist Amanda Millar’s moving documentary Celia celebrates the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie, a passionate advocate for social
    interventions that equipped those long deprived of choice with the tools for responsible decision making.

“This is Christchurch’s chance to hear directly from and ask questions of some incredibly inspiring filmmakers.

We have no doubt these will be lively and thoughtful sessions and, along with the rest of the programme, leave their mark on
all those who attend NZIFF 2018.” says Gosden.

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