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World Premiere of When a City Rises from Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Gerard Smyth

World Premiere of When a City Rises feature film from award-winning documentary filmmaker, Gerard Smyth. This film was made entirely by Canterbury screen industry talent. Don’t miss the premiere of a film by us, about us, and for us. Our untold story. Our remarkable experience. Our city. October 28th, Doors open at 6pm.

When a City Rises

Ten years in the making, When A City Rises – The People’s Story, chronicles Christchurch’s most extraordinary decade.

A sequel to the award-winning and much loved When A City Falls. How have we survived, thrived, changed? Who have we become?

The world premiere will take place on October 28th, 2020 from 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm, at Isaac Theatre Royal. 

Following the film’s premiere will be a Q & A panel discussion hosted by Joanna Norris, CEO of ChristchurchNZ. This panel includes several of the film’s participants:

James Lunday - Urban Designer

Dr Jessica Halliday – Architectural Historian

Richard Peebles – Property Investor

Gerard Smyth – Film-Maker

Dame Anna Crighton – Heritage Campaigner and Historian

Ciaran Fox – Mental Health Promotion Strategist

With questions invited from the audience, this after-movie session promises to be a lively and engaging debate!

Premiere tickets on sale now 

General cinema release from Thursday 29th of October tickets available from cinemas directly. 

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For More Information Contact

Bree Loverich
Screen CanterburyNZ Manager