Film offers glimpse of city's recent past

JAMES CROOT
Last updated 08:30 23/08/2011

Those struggling to remember our city's CBD can take a trip down memory lane (and in and around SOL Square) tonight with the first Christchurch screening of The Holy Roller (8.15pm).

Shot in the inner city in early 2009, this "comic urban fairytale" tells the story of Pastor Luke (Australian writer and actor Angus Benfield) who heads to the big city to find work, but instead stumbles into a failing nightclub and rescues its debt-ridden owner, Simon, from a fatal overdose.

Inspired by this miracle - and the potentially rewarding bottom line - Simon turns the club into a chapel and enlists his sister, Kate, to provide the music, with Luke providing the prayers.

But just when business seems to be booming, both local crime bosses and dodgy music biz impresarios come knocking. As well as offering a poignant reminder of the inner city character we've lost during the past year's events, Holy Roller is also an unashamedly feel-good film that features cameos from Christchurch legends including Simon Barnett, Jason Gunn and Mark Hadlow.

The Kid With A Bike (6.30pm) is the latest film from Belgian brothers and Cannes Film Festival favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (L'Enfant).

It's the story of a troubled 11-year- old boy who might have finally found happiness with a help of a kind, single woman. "A wholly gripping, emotionally acute work of humanistic cinema," wrote The Telegraph's Sukhdev Sandhu.

* More information is available on The Press Entertainment pages or visit the film festival website here.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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phillby   #1   10:00 am Aug 23 2011

Who in hell would want to see has beens such as simon and jason

Draco22   #2   12:36 pm Aug 23 2011

Simon Barnett and Jason Gunn are "Christchurch Legends?" In their own minds maybe.

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