Film fest for 'adventurous' Ohakune

Last updated 12:00 29/07/2014

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A national tour of the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is bringing a collection of movies to Ohakune, and a jolt of vitality to King's Theatre.

The cinema, which recently closed, is jumping on the back of the Wanaka festival and screening five award-winning films. One of them, The Cave Connection - Into the Unknown, has a local connection in that it features ski patroller Heidi Godway.

Directed by Kiwi Niko Fager, the film takes the viewer underground into the wilderness of New Zealand's cave systems. At the end of the camera was another local, Neil Silverwood, capturing what festival organiser Jane Gamble said was amazing cinematography.

Gamble said the festival fitted in with the adventurous Ohakune lifestyle, with films about traversing alpine ridges, steep riding snowboarding and climbing an Antarctic peak.

"It's also a great way to get people back in to the King's Theatre. They closed down a few months ago because they just couldn't afford the switch to digital.

"It might just plant a seed for people about having the theatre back up and running, you just never know, and it is something different for people to do in Ohakune."

A data projector is being hired for the night. The five films all have an adventurous theme, with directors from Britain, the United States, Switzerland and Slovakia.

Gamble had seen the movies in various parts of the world during her travels and they had inspired her to push the boundaries even further. "They really make you realise that there is so much adventure to be had out there."

The New Zealand Mountain Film Festival Tour 2014 will screen at King's Theatre in Ohakune on August 13.

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- Manawatu Standard


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