Film buffs thrilled with festival
Tam Wilson has escaped the mud on her Eastern Southland farm to enjoy the dry confines of the St James Theatre during the New Zealand International Film Festival in Gore this month.
The festival started last Wednesday and finishes on Sunday, with 25 films screening in that time.
Somewhat of a film buff, Wilson is watching at least one film a day during the festival, saying it was a "bit of a treat" after a long wet winter on the farm.
"I came to the festival last year and enjoyed it so much that this year I am organising other things around it," she said.
"I just escape the mud for two hours to watch a film, it's lovely."
The festival films, some of which were subtitled, took her around the world and were often more subtle than mainstream Hollywood films, she said.
"They leave you with maybe more to think about but are equally as entertaining."
Her husband and daughters had chosen films to accompany her to, but Saturday night was off limits for the man of the house, with a Bledisloe Cup rugby match to watch.
Queenstown's Graham "Yok" Sinclair, who was in Gore last week for work, was another to make the most of the festival while it was on.
"These are top-tier international films being shown in Gore - it's extraordinary."
Gore district mayor Tracy Hicks said the international film festival was a coup for Gore.
"When you look at the list of places it is going to we are by far the smallest."
It demonstrates the quality cinema we have, he said, just three days after his council controversially wiped a $250,000 loan it had advanced to the St James Theatre Trust.