Bring-a-can movie festival a hit with food banks

BY MATTHEW DALLAS
Last updated 10:09 13/11/2012
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Matthew Dallas
YES WE CAN: Over 700 cans of food were collected at Reading Porirua from last week’s Wattie’s Can Film Festival. Cinema manager Mary-Lou Hohepa with The Salvation Army food co-ordinator Elizabeth Iona and volunteer Lisa Joseph, who will distribute the cans to food banks.

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Porirua movie buffs certainly have a can-do attitude.

Every picture shown as part of the Wattie's Cans Film Festival at Reading Cinemas last Wednesday was a sellout, with over 700 cans donated to The Salvation Army.

The annual event allows movie- goers entry to a film in exchange for a can of food - costing punters about a fifth of what a movie ticket would.

Readings in Porirua screened The Brave, The Amazing Spider- Man, Ice Age 4, The Avengers and Hotel Transylvania for the festival on November 7.

Mary-Lou Hohepa, recently appointed the cinema's new manager, said it was the first year in Porirua the Cans Festival had sold out before the day of screenings.

Ms Hohepa has been working at the cinema for 15 years. She's expecting a busy summer with The Hobbit, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt2 and James Bond adventure Skyfall expected to put plenty of bums on seats.

Midnight screenings are planned for the first two, and possibly 007, and Ms Hohepa also hopes to secure more showings of classics, such as the recent weekend airing of The Sound of Music.

"We would like to do that more often. The prints can be hard to get hold of, but we'll fight to get them."

For the record, her all-time favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.

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