Lovely Rita: A Painter's Life

Sunday 14 July 2024

2:00 pm

Followed by Q&A with Dame Gaylene Preston and Jill Trevelyan. Renowned New Zealand painter Rita Angus lived and worked at a time when to be a full-time artist was unusual and hardly considered a serious occupation. Preston explores a colourful collection of friends and family who knew and loved Rita, while biographer Jill Trevelyan provides a fresh intelligence on the Rita Angus life story. A wealth of letters from Rita to Douglas Lilburn, re-enacted on screen by Loren Taylor, form a moving personal commentary. 2007 | 70 minutes | Rated PG

Space available: 50+

'Diamond Dust' School holiday workshop

Thursday 18 July 2024

10:00 am

10:00 - 11:30am Using All the Colours, All the Lights exhibition for inspiration. Spend 1 hour 30 mins creating colourful art designs.

Space available: 11

ART BEATS: The Immortals: Wonders of Museo Egizioi

Thursday 18 July 2024

7:00 pm

Inside the secret world of Egyptian mythology, interweaving the story with the history of the Museo Egizio in Turin.

Space available: 50+

Sunday Cinema: Dr Zhivago

Sunday 28 July 2024

1:00 pm

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War 1 and then the October Revolution

Space available: 50+

Sunday Cinema: Maltese Falcon

Sunday 28 July 2024

4:45 pm

San Francisco private detective Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Space available: 50+

Nat Theatre Live | Season Ticket

Thursday 1 August 2024

6:00 pm

5 Nat Theatre Live Films in 2024 Vanya - 1 August Dear England - 15 August Nye - 26 September Frankenstein (encore screening) - 10 October The Motive and the Cue - 5 December

Space available: 50+

Nat Theatre Live | Vanya

Thursday 1 August 2024

6:00 pm

Andrew Scott (Fleabag) brings multiple characters to life in Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) radical new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Rating G | run time 2 hrs

Space available: 50+

Met Opera | Romeo et Juliette

Saturday 3 August 2024

1:00 pm

Two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Rating TBC | run time 3 hrs 30 mins (excluding intermission)

Space available: 50+

‘Inspired by Rita’ Drypoint Etching for Beginners

Saturday 10 August 2024

9:30 am

9:30am - 12:30pm Learn the technique of drypoint printmaking in this relaxed half-day workshop with artist/printmaker Lisa Feyen of Ink Moth Print Studio. You will create your own hand-crafted fine art prints inspired by the paintings of Rita Angus in the current exhibition ‘Rita Angus; New Zealand Modernist’. This workshop is perfect for either complete print beginners or artists that have tried printmaking before. Suitable for age 13+ All materials supplied.

Space available: 8

Nat Theatre Live | Dear England

Thursday 15 August 2024

6:00 pm

Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays Gareth Southgate in James Graham’s (Sherwood) gripping examination of nation and game. Rating G | run time 3 hours

Space available: 50+

We Were Dangerous

Wednesday 21 August 2024

7:00 pm

Winning the Special Jury Prize at SXSW this year, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu’s electric debut launches our festival with a fiery trio of delinquent schoolgirls railing against the colonial system in 1950s New Zealand.

Space available: 50+

The Teachers' Lounge

Thursday 22 August 2024

1:00 pm

Driven by a captivating central performance, this unsettling Oscar-nominated classroom thriller thoughtfully probes the grey area of student care versus culpability. and to what degree our systems promote or constrain our humanity.

Space available: 50+

The Monk and the Gun

Thursday 22 August 2024

3:15 pm

Is “political freedom” worth the cost of familial or social discord? When Bhutan’s king abdicates in favour of democratic reform, a strange series of events unfolds, where the old and the new collide in wondrous fashion.

Space available: 50+

Gloria!

Thursday 22 August 2024

5:30 pm

An energetic re-envisioning of Baroque music through the lens of the fiery female composers whose revolutionary work was concealed throughout history.

Space available: 50+

Sons

Thursday 22 August 2024

7:45 pm

A corrections officer sees her placid work life thrown into disarray upon the arrival of a new inmate, a mysterious figure from her past, in this sophomore feature from Gustav Möller.

Space available: 50+

Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus

Friday 23 August 2024

1:00 pm

Opus is a starkly intimate, self-performed elegy capturing a dying man’s genius.

Space available: 50+

I Saw the TV Glow

Friday 23 August 2024

3:15 pm

Gunge, goons, and girls with unbreakable psychic bonds are your new late-night obsession in this unsettling fable about what happens when you get offered a chance at a fantasy, but choose to settle for reality.

Space available: 50+

The Monk and the Gun (2)

Friday 23 August 2024

5:30 pm

Is “political freedom” worth the cost of familial or social discord? When Bhutan’s king abdicates in favour of democratic reform, a strange series of events unfolds, where the old and the new collide in wondrous fashion.

Space available: 50+

Kneecap

Friday 23 August 2024

7:45 pm

Belfast’s own Beastie Boys become unlikely figureheads of the Irish Language Act in this madcap biopic of sex, drugs, and Gaelic rap.

Space available: 50+

New Zealand's Best 2024

Saturday 24 August 2024

11:00 am

A total of 95 films were submitted for this year’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition. NZIFF Head of Programming, Michael McDonnell, Production and Events Manager Matt Bloomfield, and Marketing Lead – Auckland Amanda Jane Robinson viewed them all to draw up a shortlist of 12, from which Guest Selector Gerard Johnstone selected the five finalists.

Space available: 50+

My Favourite Cake

Saturday 24 August 2024

1:00 pm

A lonely but fiercely determined seventy-year-old widow takes second chance on love in this charming and funny yet politically subversive romance from Iran.

Space available: 50+

Evil Does Not Exist

Saturday 24 August 2024

3:15 pm

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi follows up his Oscar-winning film Drive My Car with a modern eco-fable that provides a gorgeous meditation on humanity’s relation to nature and an unnerving commentary on the price of progress.

Space available: 50+

Head South

Saturday 24 August 2024

5:30 pm

Christchurch-born filmmaker Jonathan Ogilvie returns home for this evocative coming-of-age story that brilliantly captures the feeling of growing up weird in the Garden City. Starring Ed Oxenbould, Márton Csókás and featuring Stella Bennett aka Benee in her acting debut.

Space available: 50+

I Saw the TV Glow (2)

Saturday 24 August 2024

7:45 pm

Gunge, goons, and girls with unbreakable psychic bonds are your new late-night obsession in this unsettling fable about what happens

Space available: 50+

In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon

Sunday 25 August 2024

10:45 am

Paul Simon is that rare popular artist who has produced vital music across seven decades. Drawing on archives and intimate new footage, this comprehensive documentary examines the creative career of a lifelong seeker.

Space available: 50+

The Teachers' Lounge (2)

Sunday 25 August 2024

2:45 pm

Driven by a captivating central performance, this unsettling Oscar-nominated classroom thriller thoughtfully probes the grey area of student care versus culpability, and to what degree our systems promote or constrain our humanity.

Space available: 50+

All We Imagine As Light

Sunday 25 August 2024

5:00 pm

Direct from Competition in Cannes where it scored the Grand Prix, this radiant Indian drama follows two nurses looking for love but finding sisterhood in the vibrant, heaving 20 million plus populace of Mumbai.

Space available: 50+

The Beast

Sunday 25 August 2024

7:30 pm

Léa Seydoux and George MacKay’s fatal attraction endures across space and time in Bertrand Bonello’s audacious Lynchian reflection on love and obsession, mixing sci-fi, melodrama, and horror across three different time frames.

Space available: 50+

Gloria! (2)

Monday 26 August 2024

1:15 pm

An energetic re-envisioning of Baroque music through the lens of the fiery female composers whose revolutionary work was concealed throughout history.

Space available: 50+

Head South (2)

Monday 26 August 2024

3:30 pm

Christchurch-born filmmaker Jonathan Ogilvie returns home for this evocative coming-of-age story that brilliantly captures the feeling of growing up weird in the Garden City. Starring Ed Oxenbould, Márton Csókás and featuring Stella Bennett aka Benee in her acting debut.

Space available: 50+

Agent of Happiness

Monday 26 August 2024

5:45 pm

“Agent of happiness” Amber sets out on a cross-country road trip surveying the satisfaction of the Bhutanese public, as this crowd-pleasing doco questions whether the Himalayan country really is the happiest place on Earth.

Space available: 50+

Black Dog

Monday 26 August 2024

7:45 pm

An ex-convict finds redemption in the bond he forms with an unwanted mutt in Guan Hu’s dynamically shot and darkly comic Un Certain Regard Prize winner.

Space available: 50+

My Favorite Cake (2)

Tuesday 27 August 2024

12:45 pm

A lonely but fiercely determined seventy-year-old widow takes second chance on love in this charming and funny yet politically subversive romance from Iran.

Space available: 50+

All We Imagine As Light (2)

Tuesday 27 August 2024

3:00 pm

Direct from Competition in Cannes where it scored the Grand Prix, this radiant Indian drama follows two nurses looking for love but finding sisterhood in the vibrant, heaving 20 million plus populace of Mumbai.

Space available: 50+

Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus (2)

Tuesday 27 August 2024

5:30 pm

Opus is a starkly intimate, self-performed elegy capturing a dying man’s genius.

Space available: 50+

No Other Land

Tuesday 27 August 2024

7:45 pm

Filmed in Palestine between 2019 and 2023, No Other Land is documentary film performing its calling. An urgent and irresistible reminder as to why we choose to understand the world, and others, through cinema.

Space available: 50+

The Outrun

Wednesday 28 August 2024

12:45 pm

Saoirse Ronan brings Amy Liptrot’s award-winning memoir to the screen in this ardently moving portrait of addiction recovery set in the majestic Orkney Islands of Scotland.

Space available: 50+

Kneecap (2)

Wednesday 28 August 2024

3:15 pm

Belfast’s own Beastie Boys become unlikely figureheads of the Irish Language Act in this madcap biopic of sex, drugs, and Gaelic rap.

Space available: 50+

A Mistake

Wednesday 28 August 2024

5:30 pm

On the eve of a move towards greater public health data reporting, a medical error throws life into a spin for a respected surgeon and her surgical team; the downward spiral threatening all in her orbit.

Space available: 50+

Tatami

Wednesday 28 August 2024

7:45 pm

An Iranian judo champ weighs her principles and ambitions against the safety of her family and herself as government forces threaten violence unless she tows the party line, in this riveting political-sports-thriller.

Space available: 50+

Evil Does Not Exist (2)

Thursday 29 August 2024

1:00 pm

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi follows up his Oscar-winning film Drive My Car with a modern eco-fable that provides a gorgeous meditation on humanity’s relation to nature and an unnerving commentary on the price of progress.

Space available: 50+

A Mistake (2)

Thursday 29 August 2024

3:15 pm

On the eve of a move towards greater public health data reporting, a medical error throws life into a spin for a respected surgeon and her surgical team; the downward spiral threatening all in her orbit.

Space available: 50+

Crossing

Thursday 29 August 2024

5:30 pm

An aging aunt must voyage from her rugged Georgian home to cosmopolitan Istanbul in search of an estranged trans niece in this graceful cross-cultural panorama from Levan Akin.

Space available: 50+

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Thursday 29 August 2024

7:45 pm

A sensitive vampire meets a depressed teenage boy in this deadpan romantic comedy about two loners connecting.

Space available: 50+

The Seed of the Sacred Fig

Friday 30 August 2024

11:30 am

A conflicted family implodes under pressure as protests spread throughout Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof’s courageous and urgent film delivers a bold middle finger to the totalitarian regime of his homeland.

Space available: 50+

Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line

Friday 30 August 2024

3:00 pm

Defying the traditional rock ’n’ roll narrative, this is the story of how a young Australian hard rock band developed a political conscience and brought their audience along with them.

Space available: 50+

The Outrun (2)

Friday 30 August 2024

5:30 pm

Saoirse Ronan brings Amy Liptrot’s award-winning memoir to the screen in this ardently moving portrait of addiction recovery set in the majestic Orkney Islands of Scotland.

Space available: 50+

Alien Weaponry: Kua Te Ara

Friday 30 August 2024

8:00 pm

Even if you’re not a fan of heavy metal, you can’t help but admire Alien Weaponry. If not for their rise to fame on an international scale, then for being the first band of the genre to sing in te reo Maori.

Space available: 50+

Nga Whanaunga: Kua Tupa Te Ara

Saturday 31 August 2024

10:00 am

This collection of seven Maori and Pasifika short films has been selected by co-curators Leo Koziol (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Rakaipaaka), Director of the Wairoa Film Festival, and Craig Fasi (Nuie), Director of Pollywood Film Festival.

Space available: 50+

When the Light Breaks

Saturday 31 August 2024

11:45 am

A poignant and beautiful snapshot of grief that asks us, how can you know what to do when the light breaks on the day following a major tragedy?

Space available: 50+

Dying

Saturday 31 August 2024

1:45 pm

This triptych tale of a family in turmoil is equal parts incredibly moving and scabrously funny, Matthias Glasner’s award-winning drama may be called Dying, but it’s really a celebration of the messiness of life.

Space available: 50+

Never Look Away

Saturday 31 August 2024

5:15 pm

Lucy Lawless makes her directorial debut with a raucous documentary exploring the life of another warrior princess – fierce and fearless Kiwi war photojournalist Margaret Moth.

Space available: 50+

Green Border

Saturday 31 August 2024

8:00 pm

Brutal, enraging and heartrending, Polish writer-director Agnieszka Holland’s controversial take on the Polish-Belarusian border crisis serves as a startling call to arms in the face of a little-seen humanitarian crisis.

Space available: 50+

Paris, Texas 4K

Sunday 1 September 2024

11:00 am

Starring the late great Harry Dean Stanton in his most iconic role, Wim Wenders newly restored modern classic delivers one of the definitive outsider views of America

Space available: 50+

The Seed of the Sacred Fig (2)

Sunday 1 September 2024

2:00 pm

A conflicted family implodes under pressure as protests spread throughout Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof’s courageous and urgent film delivers a bold middle finger to the totalitarian regime of his homeland.

Space available: 50+

Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line (2)

Sunday 1 September 2024

5:30 pm

Defying the traditional rock ’n’ roll narrative, this is the story of how a young Australian hard rock band developed a political conscience and brought their audience along with them.

Space available: 50+

The Substance

Sunday 1 September 2024

7:45 pm

A relentless feminist, body-horror feast, The Substance closes out this year’s festival in style as Coralie Forgeat lays down her marker to take the crown as the new queen of carnage. Direct from wowing audiences at Cannes, Coralie Forgeat’s magnificent shocker closes out this year’s Festival in style and lays down her marker to take the crown as the new queen of carnage with this wildly

Space available: 50+

ART BEATS: Tintoretto - A Rebel in Venice

Thursday 12 September 2024

7:00 pm

Tintoretto - Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance. It explores the rivalry among the most important Venetian artists of the 16th century: Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese in Venice. We’ll discover Venice through Tintoretto’s life and canvases. As the narrative unfolds we’ll begin to understand how the plague deeply affected the city and the Venetian art.

Space available: 50+

Nat Theatre Live | Nye

Thursday 26 September 2024

6:00 pm

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state. Rating PG | run time 2 hrs 50 mins

Space available: 50+

Sunday Cinema: 20,000 Days on Earth

Sunday 29 September 2024

2:00 pm

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

Space available: 50+

Sunday Cinema: Stop Making Sense

Sunday 29 September 2024

4:30 pm

The live performance was shot over the course of three nights in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads' most memorable songs.

Space available: 50+

Met Opera | Carmen

Saturday 5 October 2024

1:00 pm

Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell brings a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today. Rating PG | run time 4 hours (excluding intermission)

Space available: 50+

Nat Theatre Live | Frankenstein (encore screening)

Thursday 10 October 2024

6:00 pm

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Rating M | run time 2 hours

Space available: 50+

Met Opera | Nabucco

Saturday 2 November 2024

1:00 pm

Ancient Babylon comes to life in this classic Met staging of biblical proportions. Baritone George Gagnidze portrays Nabucco, the King of Babylon, who is supernaturally driven mad when he proclaims himself God, then restored to health when he repents. Rating M | run time 3 hrs 5 mins (excluding intermission)

Space available: 50+

ART BEATS: Botticelli - Florence & The Medici

Thursday 7 November 2024

7:00 pm

Beauty, creativity, genius: the Renaissance Florence of Lorenzo de' Medici

Space available: 50+

Nat Theatre Live | The Motive and the Cue

Thursday 5 December 2024

6:00 pm

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play. Rating PG | run time 2 hrs 50 mins

Space available: 50+