NZIFF autumn goodies unveiled

Posted Sunday 19 Mar 2017

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The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) has revealed the first four films for its annual Autumn Events programme, which will screen in the four main centres in April and May.

One New Zealand premiere and three classic films will be presented by the charitable trust responsible for the cinematic winter extravaganza that is the NZ International Film Festival (NZIFF). Further Autumn Events titles and on-sale dates will be announced through March.

The four films are Terrence Malick's journey through space and time, Voyage of Time: Life's Journey, narrated by Cate Blanchett; a return to the peace, love and music of 1969 with seminal documentary Woodstock; Werner Herzog's legendary Fitzcarraldo, and Woody Allen's definitive love letter to New York, Manhattan (pictured), starring Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep.

For dates and ticketing information, visit www.nziff.co.nz.

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First line-up released for Doc Edge Festival

Posted Sunday 19 Mar 2017

Get your docs on, folks - the Doc Edge International Film Festival has announced the first nine films to be shown at this year's festival of feature-length and short documentaries.

Whittled down from well over 700 submissions, the initial line-up brings stories from India, Syria, Papua New Guinea, America and beyond. The international slate includes:

- Last Men in Aleppo (winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary)

- The Cinema Travellers (Cannes L'�il d'or Special Mention)

- The Opposition (Grand Jury Prize at FIFO Tahiti 2017)

- The Pulitzer at 100

The New Zealand selection features a full-length feature from a NZ-based filmmaker, and a poignant short film focusing on the inspirational journey of a young Cantabrian;

- Hoka Hey: A Good Day to Die. Discover the life story and extraordinary adventures of British war photographer, Jason P. Howe, who survived 12 years on the frontline of four wars.

- The Common Touch. Jakob Ross Bailey made global headlines in 2015 with his touching speech delivered at the Christchurch Boys' High School Prizegiving, just days after learning of his life-threatening cancer diagnosis. The Common Touch, directed by student filmmaker Mason Cade Packer, follows this exceptional young man on his quest to inspire others.

The festival screens in Auckland and Wellington. www.docedge.nz