2023 Programme

Once again, we are proud to be able to screen a really awesome programme of international cinema, including films from Japan, Senegal, Australia, Romania, Macedonia, Poland, Burkina Faso, Somalia and a couple of landmarks of New Zealand cinema from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Click through to the individual pages of each film for notes and reviews, a trailer, sharing options, and the ability to save to your calendar. And here’s an ics calendar file of the full programme that you can download and import to the device of your choice.


27
February
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

The Night of the Hunter

A serial-killing preacher (Robert Mitchum) charms a widow in order to find the proceeds of a bank robbery committed by her late husband in this Southern Gothic masterpiece. “It's the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels” - Time Out ...

6
March
6:15 pm - 7:40 pm

Tokyo Drifter

A loyal lieutenant in a Yakuza gang is unable to adjust to a life outside organised crime. “Director Seijun Suzuki’s onslaught of stylized violence and trippy colours is equal parts Russ Meyer, Samuel Fuller, and Nagisa Oshima – an anything-goes, in-your-face rampage” - Janus Films ...

13
March
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Sleeping Dogs

This classic Kiwi thriller and debut from director Roger Donaldson stars Sam Neill as an everyman caught between an oppressive fascist government and a radical resistance movement. ...

20
March
6:15 pm - 8:10 pm

Girlhood

From the director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire, this energetic and deeply empathetic drama follows a shy Parisian teenager drawn into a black girl gang. “Empowering and electrifying” – The Observer ...

27
March
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

Mandabi

A Senegalese man’s life is turned upside down when he receives an impossible-to-cash money order from his nephew in France. “A feast for the eyes and ears” – NY Times ...

3
April
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Ace in the Hole

Kirk Douglas plays a cynical newsman who stumbles on a potentially career-making story in Billy Wilder’s acidic and unflinching examination of journalistic ethics ...

17
April
6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

My Brilliant Career

Based on teenage author Miles Franklin’s celebrated turn-of-the-century coming-of-age story, Gillian Armstrong’s debut feature upends the conventions of period romance. Stars Judy Davis and Sam Neill ...

24
April
6:15 pm - 8:10 pm

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is the true but stranger-than-fiction adventure of eight visionaries who spent two years quarantined in the Arizona desert inside of a self-engineered, self-sustaining replica of Earth’s ecosystem ...

8
May
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

Pigs and Battleships

Imamura’s breakthrough film was this dazzling portrait of the power struggles between small-time gangsters in the port of Yokosuka, home to a US naval base. “A rambunctious carnival of post-war folly” – NY Times ...

15
May
6:15 pm - 8:10 pm

The Big Steal

This winning ’80s comedy caper stars a young Ben Mendelsohn as a teen conned by a used-car dealer when trying to score his dream car to impress his big crush. ...

22
May
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Collective

A heroic reporter investigates a shocking health-care fraud in the aftermath of a tragic nightclub fire. “The best film about journalism since All the President’s Men” – The Times ...

29
May
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Former animator Frank Tashlin brings cartoonish exuberance to this wild satire of ’50s mores, as a put-upon ad-exec attempts to wrangle a glamorous movie star for a lipstick commercial. With Tony Randall and Jayne Mansfield ...

12
June
6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

Crash

Highly controversial on its original release, Cronenberg’s provocative satire about a group of sadomasochistic car-crash fetishists remains as unsettling as it is mesmerising ...

19
June
6:15 pm - 7:40 pm

Honeyland

A centuries-old way of life tending wild beehives deep in the countryside is disrupted by the arrival of new neighbours. “An elemental struggle between ancient tradition and greed… an incredible true story” – Time Out ...

10
July
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Sweet Smell of Success

Broadway has never been as seductive or as menacing as it is in this bitter farce about a venomous gossip columnist (Burt Lancaster) and his soulless lackey (Tony Curtis) ...

24
July
6:15 am - 8:00 pm

Celia

A dark childhood fable about a young girl who escapes into her fantasies. “One of the best films about childhood since The 400 Blows” – Time Out ...

21
August
6:15 pm - 7:40 pm

Waxworks

One of the final works of German Expressionism offers a sophisticated melding of genres, as a young poet dreams up fantastical tales inspired by the waxworks of some notorious personages ...

28
August
6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

France

Dumont takes aim at 24-hour news culture, with Léa Seydoux as a TV journalist juggling her unflappable public image and chaotic family life. “A biting and complex satire” – Les Inrockuptibles ...

4
September
6:15 pm - 7:40 pm

Tilaï

Forbidden love for a stepmother sets in motion a chain of devastating events in pre-colonial West Africa. Cannes Grand Prix. “A flawless balance of wit and tragedy” – NY Times ...

11
September
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

The Captain

A German deserter in WWII discovers great power in an abandoned Nazi captain’s uniform. “Parable, historical reckoning and pitch-black comedy. Clever and well-crafted” – Film Comment ...

18
September
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

System K

A lively, endlessly fascinating documentary about the incredible art world stirring in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “A full-blown nosedive into a unique moment of collective creation” – Hollywood Reporter ...

25
September
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Gallant Indies

A troupe of bold young multi-ethnic Parisian dancers defies tradition in this modern take on the Baroque opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau ...

2
October
6:15 pm - 7:40 pm

The Gravedigger’s Wife

A gentle, big-hearted drama about a gravedigger seeking money for his wife’s operation. “This Somali language film’s simplicity and economy is its power.”– The Observer ...

30
October
6:15 pm - 7:50 pm

The Wicker Man

This brilliant folk horror classic follows a devoutly Christian policeman (Edward Woodward) whose search for a missing girl on a remote Scottish island is led astray by the pagan-worshipping inhabitants ...

6
November
6:15 pm - 8:05 pm

Nightmare Alley

The hauntingly strange world of a travelling carnival is the setting for this moody melodrama about a charlatan spiritualist and his fall from grace. ...

13
November
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

The Searchers

John Wayne stars as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece. A critical and commercial success,, it has been considered a masterpiece and one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. ...

20
November
6:15 pm - 8:10 pm

Taxi Driver

A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best. - Rotten Tomatoes ...

27
November
6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

The Naked City

Amid a semi-documentary portrait of New York and its people, Jean Dexter, an attractive blonde model, is murdered in her apartment. Homicide detectives Dan Muldoon and Jimmy Halloran investigate. ...

4
December
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

The African Queen

John Huston's film, now restored for its 50th anniversary, is a ripping, gripping yarn, a surprisingly erotic love story and, as it happens, a premonition of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. Humphrey Bogart plays the boozy riverboat captain, Katharine Hepburn the prim Christian missionary. ...

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