Tuesday, 7 July 2009

WAITATI FILM SOCIETY PROGRAMME AUGUST - DECEMBER 2009

Half year memberships are now available at $30. Drama, comedy,
history or just plain entertainment in a warm, pleasant environment
with convivial company. Membership allows you free entry to our
screenings as well as discounts at Film Festivals and some Dunedin
cinemas.

For more information ring: Brigitte 482-2829 or Leonie 482-2508 or
check out our website: http://www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/waitati.htm

Tuesday Aug 11

THE THIN RED LINE USA 1998

Deep conflicts abound not just between the Japanese entrenched on
Guadalcanal Island but also between individuals in the US forces
attempting to regain the island. Each soldier has his own agenda,
whether simply just to stay alive or not to waste others' lives, or to
make their name as a heroic military leader. Spielberg, in his films,
targets the more blood lusting audience, whereas Malick, in this
powerful, grotesque war movie, appeals to the thinking onlooker. Like
Coppola's Apocalypse Now he sets an almost surrealistic scenario, yet
the guns still blaze and the blood spills. 166m

Tuesday Aug 18

MARTI: THE PASSIONATE EYE NZ 2004

It traces the dramatic personal story of Marti Friedlander, one of New
Zealand's leading photographers, alongside the major social changes
she recorded. She has photographed New Zealand's best-known artists in
their studios, collaborated with Michael King on a famous series of
Maori portraits, and documented many protest activities including the
Springbok Tour and the Women's Movement. Marti talks frankly about the
art of photography, her life, and the fascinating people and events
she has portrayed. 73m

Tuesday Aug 25

TRAVEL AND COUNTERCULTURE France 1957-1976

A collection of short films by the doyenne of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda.

From the frivolity of summer on the French Riviera, to the domes and
minarets of Isfahan, to political activism in Oakland by the Black
Panthers, this collection of films focuses on Varda's eye for
exoticism and her engagement with 60s counterculture. 106m

Tuesday Sept 1

GASLIGHT USA 1944

It has been difficult for aficionados to decide whether this was
Ingrid Bergman's best performance as the wealthy English socialite or
whether she was upstaged by Charles Boyer as her husband, turned
insidious monster, who attempts to destabilize her mind, aided and
abetted by a petulant, hard-bitten parlourmaid. 114m

Tuesday Sept 8

SCARFACE USA 1983

A classic amongst gangster films with its tension, violent action and
depiction of basic instincts and fickle loyalty. A complex story of
interwoven relationships within the dog-eat-dog world of gangsters.
Cuban hood, Tony Montana (Pacino), arrives in the USA, then proceeds
to murder his way to the top of the criminal dunghill. But the very
drugs bringing in his wealth could also derail his ambitions. 170m

Tuesday Sept 15

NOI THE ALBINO Iceland 2003

Nói is actually bald rather than truly albino, creating a heat-loss
problem when you live in a frigid and remote fjord in Iceland. His
grandmother offers some stability as his father is a drunkard and his
mother is mostly not there. He weighs up the possibility of fulfilling
a dream of escaping to a winterless Pacific island with the waitress
who has just taken his fancy. 93m

Tuesday Sept 22

THE NAVIGATORS UK 2001

It's 1995 and privatization plans by British Rail management portent
sweeping changes to a railway gang of honest, good-humoured blokes.
Using a cast of mostly local standup comics, Ken Loach re-enacted on
film what those changes actually meant to the lives of these men.
96m

Tuesday Sept 29

PALESTINE, SUMMER 06 Palestine 2006

A mosaic of 13 films from both established as well as new Palestinian
filmmakers. The brief for all of them was to take up to three minutes
to depict their visions of the Israeli military engagements in Gaza
and Lebanon in the summer of 2006. 35m

BRIDE OF GALILEE Palestine 2006

Basel Tannous worked for over four years to gain the trust of Fatma
and her family to make this often painful and profoundly moving
account of the fateful encounters between two individuals and their
consequences. 48m

Tuesday Oct 13

INTIMATE STRANGER USA 1991

The subject of Alan Berliner's documentary is his grandfather: "A
stunningly imaginative hand-made, one-man film, Intimate Stranger
combines biography, personal inquiry, a search for roots, 20th century
history, family portraiture and cultural anthropology in a work of
unusual resonance." – Todd McCarthy, Variety 58m

Tuesday Oct 27

SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN… Korea 2003

Depicting the daily realism of Buddhism is rare in the West. In this
Korean film we witness the frequent contrasts of wit and harshness
inflicted by the Master on his protégés in their isolated raft house
in the middle of a remote lake. The essence of his teachings is
spiritual discipline, which he then cleverly blends with the
ever-cycling seasons. 101m

Tuesday Nov 10

NZ SHORTS NZ 2007/08

Dads come in for it in three of these contemporary shorts: Clean Linen
where the kids discover his secret; in Fog his son escapes into the
fog, with a girl; with Run the kids combine to stand up to him. In
Take 3 Asian girls at an audition are expected to be …. well, Asian. A
huge socio-cultural chasm is crossed by two unlikely characters in The
Graffiti of Mr Tupaia. In Coffee and Allah an Ethiopian woman journeys
to a strange new land, where an appetite for coffee, Islam and a good
game of badminton leads to unexpected friendships.

Tuesday Nov 24

IN MY FATHER'S DEN NZ/UK 2004

A highly successful film version of Maurice Gee's 1972 novel that
tells of Paul, a photojournalist, bruised from horrific sights at
world trouble spots, returns to his Central Otago roots. He
rediscovers his dead father's secret den, full of inspiring books. But
Celia (Emily Barclay), daughter of Paul's childhood girlfriend, has
also found the den. The two enjoy each other's company, so when Celia
disappears locals see Paul as the prime suspect. 126m

Tuesday Dec 8

BOUDOU SAVED FROM DROWNING France 1932

Perhaps saving a degenerate tubercular tramp from a watery grave was
not the best thing for an upper class bookseller to do, but Lestingois
did it and subsequently his household has to endure Boudous'
challenges to their morality. 87m

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