On the weekend of September 30 and October 1st, people from the entire spectrum of the film industry in New Zealand converged on Auckland to take part in Big Screen Symposium 2017. It was Film Sprites PR’s first year at the Symposium, and due to the fact that we’ve worked mostly with international films thus far, it felt like a bit of a homecoming. For two wonderful days we were treated to a line-up which included speakers from various threads of the industry, including directors, producers, a casting agent, and writers. There was also plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends (as well as make some new ones).
The theme of Big Screen Symposium 17 was Authenticity and Pretence, a theme which is so pertinent in the digital age. As Big Screen Symposium Director Esther Cahill-Chiaroni notes in her introductory letter which accompanied the schedule: “[i]n an age of selfies and fake news, what is the role of the storyteller and how is it that sometimes ‘making shit up’ enables us to get closer to the truth?” Thanks to the wealth of information given via talks, masterclasses and the keynote address, I know we all came away with our own unique answer for that question.
It’s that time of year again- time to gear up for the New Zealand International Film Festival! Not content to warm the cockles of the hearts of one region in NZ, the NZIFF brings cinematic delights to Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gore, Hamilton, Hawke’s Bay, Masterton, Nelson, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Timaru and Wellington (dates of Festival and selections vary depending on region).
Without doubt, Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal is a magnificent venue in which to experience what the Festival has to offer, and it has risen like a phoenix rising from the ashes in post-quake Christchurch. After sustaining damage during the 22nd February earthquake (and subsequent aftershocks) in 2011, the Isaac Theatre Royal was lovingly rebuilt and restored to glory (find out the history of the theatre here) and was fully equipped to bring the magic of cinema back into such a grand establishment. In order to accommodate the sheer number of cinematic delights on offer each year, Hoyts Northlands also holds a number of screenings during the Festival.
NZIFF brings the best of the world and Aotearoa to film lovers every year, and 2017 is no exception. Here’s some of our picks for the Christchurch leg of the Festival.