International film festival returns

Gore will again host part of the New Zealand International Film Festival after its 2013 programme proved popular with Southlanders.

SBS St James Theatre manager Emma Carle was thrilled that the festival was returning. "We've proved it can be a success."

More than 1200 tickets were sold for films in the 2013 programme, with patrons from Stewart Island, Bluff, Invercargill, Western Southland and Dunedin making the journey to Gore during the festival.

Festival director Bill Gosden was delighted to be bringing a programme back to the deep south.

While the full festival programme would not be known until early July, he could confirm that Gore would be screening Particle Fever, a fascinating and accessible documentary that follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, and The Lunchbox, a "charming" film from India about a romance of sorts that begins because of a mix-up in the chaotic lunch delivery system in Mumbai.

"We always pride ourselves on our great documentaries, and Particle Fever will be one of this year's stand-outs," he said.

Gosden praised Carle's efforts, saying she was the "driving force" behind the festival in Gore.

Gore's festival programme would launch with a gala opening and screening on August 13, and run until August 24.

"It's a pretty big thing for Gore, really," Carle said.

The Southland Times