Monday, 19 February 2007

Waitati Film Society announces 2007 programme

All welcome to join us at Bill's Place, corner Orokonui and Mt.
Cargill Roads on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.
Waitati Film Society membership $55 - for at least 29 nights of entertainment!
Drama, comedy, history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant
environment with convivial company.
Ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 for more info.

Tuesday March 6
A FISH CALLED WANDA UK 1988
Monty Python humour (John Cleese, Michael Palin) spoofing the
inhibited, sexually repressed formality of an English barrister,
clashes with the feisty do-anything-to-get-results American thief
Wanda Gerschwitz (Jamie Lee Curtis). The storyline is novel but more
importantly it gives the actors - including Kevin Kline and Patricia
Hayes - the liberty to give of their best. 108m

Tuesday March 20
DAZED AND CONFUSED USA 1993
Some of those who were teens in the 70's recall it as an age of
pot-drenched rock 'n' roll. This unsentimental re-creation of the era
follows 20 kids on the last day and night of high school. To the
background of a classic rock score, the kids do what kids do in their
last days of having little responsibility or thought for the future.
103m

Tuesday April 3
SOLO NZ 1977
For such a small country it's amazing how many roadie movies have been
made here. This is an early version setting the trend for the likes
of Goodbye Pork Pie. Good heartland drama with some dodgy hitchhikers
thrown in. 97m

Tuesday April 17
ATANARJUAT Canada 2001
A true Inuit production - written in their language, filmed by a
largely native crew who shot it in the haunting light near the North
Pole. It tells a 1000-year old saga of two brothers whose lives
illustrate the dangers in such a harsh, demanding environment of
putting personal wants ahead of the good of the whole community.
160m

Tuesday May 1
MARIA FULL OF GRACE USA/Colombia 2003
Feeling trapped in her life as a manual worker in a rose plantation in
Colombia, young Maria takes the only option, the dangerous world of
heroin smuggling to the USA. Although strong-willed and rebellious,
Maria has made a choice that takes her into a horrifying culture that
has complete control over her life. 101m

Tuesday May 15
THE 400 BLOWS Fr 1959
This amazing film stands in the forefront of the French New Wave era.
Spanning a 20-year period, it is an account of the harsh
uncompromising environment of the youth who becomes the man. Openly
autobiographical, writer/director François Truffaut's 12 year old
alter ego, Antoine, is largely left to his own devices so gets into
trouble at school, runs away and is finally confined as a delinquent
in a centre for juveniles. The story is non-judgemental; the man is
seen as a product of a world not of his own making. 99m

Tuesday May 29
GOOD BYE, LENIN! Germ 2003
German re-unification in 1989, with all its upheaval, has rarely been
the subject for the cinema. Its treatment in this film is playful yet
poignant. Alex has a fervently communist mother who is in a coma. He
transforms her bedroom into a pre-Perestroika time capsule to keep
reality at bay for when she recovers. Wolfgang Becker's clever film
basically explores the social and political challenges faced by East
Germans of that era. 121m

Tuesday June 5
SYLVIA NZ 1985
Sylvia Ashton-Warner evolved her own teaching style based on the
emotional and personal life of each child. Her results were truly
amazing. Eleanor David portrays Sylvia's artistry, nervousness and
countless gifts. The film was criticised for overemphasis on Sylvia's
romantic relationship with a school inspector and for what was seen as
a lack of insight into Maori-Pakeha relationships as well as showing
little understanding of the background of the children themselves.
100m

Tuesday June 12
JULES AND JIM Fr 1962
A typically French ménage-à-trois story, this one set in the era
leading up to WW1. The close friendship between Jules, a shy German,
and Jim a suave Parisian, survives their meeting the flighty Catherine
(Jeanne Moreau). Despite her having his child, Jules neither leaves
nor even gets angry with Catherine's affair with Jim - he simply
cannot bear being away from either her or his friend. Rated by some
as François Truffaut's greatest film. 99m

Tuesday June 19
KING OF THE HILL USA 1993
During the Great Depression of the early 1930's, Aaron becomes a
streetwise kid after his sick mother is hospitalised and salesman Dad
takes to the road. Everyone is destitute so there are few
opportunities for Aaron's survival and life soon moves from bad to
desperate. 108m

Tuesday June 26
THE THIRD KIND Czech 1968
George re-kindles an old friendship with Jamila but just when things
are warming he picks up the much younger hitchhiker Eva and becomes
infatuated with her, though frustrated by her youthful lack of focus.
Prague in the late sixties is re-created as a swinging place. 101m

Tuesday July 3
THE MAGDALENE SISTERS UK/Ireland 2002
The Irish Catholic church, sanctioned by the Government, decreed
unmarried mothers as in moral danger (no mention of their boyfriends)
and for 150 years sent them to the Magdalene Laundries for their
protection and punishment. With nuns acting as virtual jailers,
generations of girls endured slave labour and were deprived of their
freedom and contact with family and society, some, for all of their
lives. This film dramatisation follows the fates of three such women.
114m

Tuesday July 11
HOUSE ON 92ND STREET USA 1945
Head of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover himself introduces this film
confirming that the Bureau provided files used to construct a tale of
Nazi spies who provided their German masters with details of the
development of an atomic bomb in USA. Novel for its time, the
presentation is as a documentary thriller with voice-over narration,
newsreel shots, use of actual FBI agents as actors and meticulous
attention to detail. 88m

Tuesday July 18
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET USA 1953
Skip McCoy, a petty crook driven solely by greed, steals a wallet
containing a highly secret microfilm. In the seedy underworld of New
York with its shadowy world of federal agents and communist spies,
neither of whom can persuade Skip to part with the film by either
appealing to his sense of patriotism or offering what he sees as
insufficient money. The story is reminiscent of McCarthyism in its
strong anti-communist theme. 80m

Tuesday July 24
STOLEN KISSES Fr 1968
After his success with The 400 Blows François Truffaut followed with
this continued story of his alter ego Antoine, now 20 and discharged
from the army, making his somewhat wayward progress through life.
Assisting a hapless private detective meet a hitch he falls for a
client's wife. 90m


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