2024 Programme

6:15 pm - 7:50 pm


Andrea Arnold has created a kind of agribusiness pastoral about the daily life of cows on a working dairy farm. We hear human voices from the very beginning, often cheerfully calling the cows “girlies!” – no word could be less suitable for these mighty beasts. But we don’t see any people until the very end... ...

6:15 pm - 8:40 pm

The Unknown + Freaks

Neither of the films in this double bill received much love in their time. Their controversial subject matter meant both were subject to censorship in the subsequent decades. Luckily, audiences have become more open to films in which the real monsters are ‘normal’ people and Tod Browning’s masterpieces are getting the belated appraise they deserve ...

6:15 pm - 7:50 pm


A powerful and moving story based on a memoir by Nobel Laureate, Annie Ernaux, recounting when, as a star student, she discovers she is pregnant and must come to terms with how this will change her life. Audrey Diwan’s Happening adapts Ernaux’s account into a lean, muscular film resolutely cinematic in its retelling ...

6:15 pm - 8:30 pm

The Andromeda Strain

This screen adaptation of Michael Crichton’s first bestseller tackles the crisis that unfolds when a space probe falls to Earth carrying an extraterrestrial virus that instantly turns human blood to powder. Thankfully, the US authorities have just built a secret subterranean research facility for exactly such eventualities ...

6:15 pm - 8:25 pm


Tartly funny and plungingly sad in equal measure, this is nuanced, humane queer filmmaking, more concerned with the textures and particulars of its own intimate story than with grander social statements — even if, as a tale of transgender desire in a Muslim country, its very premise makes it a boundary-breaker.” – Guy Lodge, Variety ...

6:15 pm - 8:20 pm

Cairo Conspiracy

Adam is a young man living in a small fishing village with his father. A good student, the local imam puts him forward for a scholarship to the elite Al-Azhar university, the centre of Sunni Islam. Soon after he arrives he becomes embroiled in various plots for control of the university, its theology, and even Cairo and Egypt itself. ...

6:15 pm - 7:55 pm

Brief Encounters

Muratova explores the intricate triangular relationship of three striking individuals with clarity, tenderness and irony. As with the lovely solo piano score, every incisive detail registers with a sure, light touch and there are some unexpected, haunting chords. The cinematography is crisp, beautiful, and for 1967, daringly, but expressively, unconventional ...

6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


A subversive black comedy about a clique of High School mean girls – all named Heather – and the violent revenge taken out on them by one their own. Perhaps because it found humour in such taboo subjects as teenage suicide, bulimia, date rape, and murder, the film was not a success when it came out in 1988. Since then though... it has become a cult classic ...

6:15 pm - 8:45 pm


Desire, ravenous and ineffable, shudders through Burning, the latest from the great South Korean director Lee Chang-dong… The story has the quality of a mystery thriller — somebody goes missing, somebody else tries to figure out why…” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times ...

6:15 pm - 9:35 pm

Barry Lyndon

Special encore screening! Stanley Kubrick’s stately, sumptuous drama returns to the big screen where it belongs. Previously seen as a lesser work from the man who made 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, it is now widely regarded as one of Kubrick’s masterpieces. ...

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Schedule dates to be confirmed

We’ve announced our schedule up until Whānau Mārama New Zealand International Film Festival starting 31 July.
We’ve also announced several other films and have a few more up our sleeve that we’re not in a position to confirm screening dates for yet.

Our beautiful home, the Embassy Theatre may be having some maintenance done to the Grand in the latter part of the year, during which time we won’t be able to screen. Exactly when and for how long is yet to be confirmed. We’ll keep you updated and confirm the rest of our schedule as soon as we can via our website, newsletter, and at screenings.

We will screen as many films as we can and we’ve kept some great films for the end of the year.

Here’s an ics calendar file of the schedule until August that you can download and import to your calendar of choice.

Some of the additional films yet to be scheduled