Terence Davies is coming to Auckland

Posted Monday 04 Jul 2016

Sunday 24th July, 4-5pm, The Wintergarden, Free

Arguably the most important British filmmaker of his generation, Terence Davies is a poet of the cinema, at once austere and passionate�Their combination of art-film style and reverence for working-class popular culture is unique in British cinema. - Film Critic and writer Tom Charity

Script to Screen and the New Zealand International Film Festival present a discussion with one of cinema's most beloved auteurs, British writer/director Terence Davies.

Davies is here to present two films at this year's festival. A QUIET PASSION, Davies' portrait of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, stars Cynthia Nixon and was described as 'an absolute drop-dead masterwork' by the New Yorker; and SUNSET SONG, his ' beautiful and brutal' adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel of the same name, stars Peter Mullan and Agyness Deyn.

Join Script to Screen to hear director Terence Davies in conversation with writer Fiona Samuel, as they discuss his approach to cinema and his life's work. The discussion takes place in the Wintergarden, following the Sunday screening of A QUIET PASSION.

Sunday 24th July, 4-5pm, The Wintergarden, Free entry - no ticket required


A Quiet Passion

Sun 24 July 1:30pm, The Civic

Wed 27 July 10:30am, The Civic

Sunset Song

Sat 23 July 2.15pm, The Civic

Mon 25 July 10.30am, The Civic

Born in Liverpool, Terence Davies is one of the most distinctive talents to have emerged from British cinema in the last thirty years. He shows a passionate concern with film craft, and his approach to filmmaking has been called "the cinematic equivalent of literature's magic realism." His feature film titles include DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (1988), THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992), THE NEON BIBLE (1995), THE HOUSE OF MIRTH (2000) and THE DEEP BLUE SEA (2011). All of his films have been critically acclaimed and received numerous nominations and awards in Britain and internationally.



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Posted Monday 04 Jul 2016

Tropfest NZ is back on for 2017!

If you have been following the trail, you will have witnessed both the sad departure and blazing return all in the space of a couple of days of Tropfest. The festival once again take place on  Saturday February 18, 2017, at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands New Plymouth.

The Festival saviours are  Venture Taranaki and new festival sponsor  South Pacific Pictures. ??To keep the fires of the festival ablaze organisers have also announced the Tropfest NZ 2017 TSI : FLAME.  They hope this ignites the same passion in you as it has in them. ?They will be announcing the entry deadline shortly.

Tropfest NZ CEO Suzanne Porter said: "We're immensely grateful for the support we've received at such short notice from South Pacific Pictures and Venture Taranaki and we're delighted we can continue to present and develop the iconic festival and present a free event to the people of Taranaki."

"The calibre of South Pacific's work and their stature within the industry is a great asset to Tropfest NZ and we're very much looking forward to working with them to promote and support NZ filmmakers."

South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin said they were "very pleased to support Tropfest - and as a result, to support new and up and coming film makers in New Zealand. We're looking forward to seeing another strong line-up of films in the 2017 event."

John Barnett, former CEO and Chairman of South Pacific Pictures and New Zealand's unofficial godfather of Film and TV has been a long-time Tropfest NZ ambassador was thrilled to learn the show will go on, saying "Tropfest NZ provides a great opportunity for NZ screen talent and its continuing presence will be welcomed by all. Congratulations to all."

Venture Taranaki, which administers the Major Event Fund on behalf of the New Plymouth District Council, has been a foundation sponsor of Tropfest NZ since its inception. "The region continues to attract creative entrepreneurs who help to build Taranaki's reputation for innovation and design. Tropfest is a valuable addition to the creative economy," said Venture Taranaki Chief Executive Stuart Trundle.

Tropfest Founder and Director John Polson said he was blown away by the support the festival had received. "The industry and community have spoken and they're not ready to lose Tropfest. I look forward to seeing the entries for the 2017 competition and I urge anyone interested in filmmaking to start thinking about submitting a film."

Porter said the festival would still be running at a small loss but the bigger picture had to be taken into account. "Presenting in 2017 means we are now be able to continue making lasting partnerships and ensuring the long-term survival of the festival."

Remember: The main screening event will be held in New Plymouth at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday, February 18, 2017 so SAVE THE DATE!