Film festival programme offers movie feast

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 05:00 15/07/2014

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Christchurch is getting more movies than ever before at the New Zealand International Film Festival this year.

The Christchurch programme for the festival was launched last night and tickets are on sale.

The programme, which will run from August 7 to 24 at the Hoyts Riccarton and Northlands, includes the new film by When A City Falls director Gerard Smyth and a documentary about Christchurch art rock band Into the Void.

Festival director Bill Gosden said they were able to show more movies than ever in Christchurch thanks to new digital technology making films more available.

"That is a reflection of the new digital arena," he said.

"There was a time when quite a few of the films from Cannes [film festival] would only have a couple of 35mm prints available. They would be shown in Auckland and Wellington, then sent off for the Melbourne Film Festival. Now, the film is a digital file that can be duplicated. The range is bigger than ever."

Gerard Smyth's new film, Aunty and the Star People, is about New Zealand writer Jean Watson and her humanitarian work in India.

"It's a fascinating film about a woman who has a double life in the least sinister way possible," said Gosden.

Christchurch festival promoter Nick Paris is confident the Into the Void documentary will sell out thanks to the band's near legendary status in the city. The film is being screened in Christchurch only.

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