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Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival is running from the 4th–21st of November, so now is the perfect time to explore the world of cinema!

Your library membership gives you access to our DVD collection (rental fees apply). Here are some past NZIFF gems that we have on offer:

The Red Turtle / Dudok de Wit (Netherlands/Japan)

A poignant, wordless fable of luminous imagery and swirling animation. In a majestic world of intricate hand-drawn textures, a shipwrecked man is found marooned on a desert island. With his attempted escapes thwarted by the strange and larger-than-life red turtle, the man’s existence is forever altered when something extraordinary occurs. (Catalogue)

The Farewell / Lulu Wang (USA, Chinese-American)

Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate. (Catalogue)

A Date for Mad Mary / Darren Thornton (Ireland)

Mad Mary McArdle has returned home after a short spell in prison – for something she’d rather forget. Her best friend, Charlene (Charleigh Bailey), is about to get married and Mary is the maid of honour. When Charlene refuses Mary a ‘plus one’ on the grounds that she probably couldn’t find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong. Her attempts at dating are a disaster and she winds up feeling more alone…until she meets Jess (Tara Lee) and everything changes. (Adapted from Catalogue)

Kedi / Ceyda Torun (Turkey)

Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. (CATalogue)

I Used to Be Normal : A Boyband Fangirl Story / Jessica Leski (Australia)

Filmed over four years, and spanning three generations, this intimate coming of age story follows a diverse group of women who have had their lives dramatically changed by their boyband obsessions. These four women must navigate the challenges of relationships, family, sexuality, and faith, while constantly grappling with all the problems and contradictions that are part of being in love with a boyband. (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post / Desiree Akhavan (USA)

Cameron is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh and her brother, Reverend Rick, the center is built upon repenting for same sex attraction. In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners, including the amputee stoner Jane and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit Adam. Together, this group of teenagers forms an unlikely family as they fight to survive. (Catalogue)

Adult cards also have access to online streaming services to Kanopy and Beamafilm, so perhaps you could utilise a guardian’s library card for a family movie night!

After that, why not head over to LinkedIn Learning (free with your library card) and take one of their online filmmaking courses? Topics include making a short film from start to finish, cinematography, screenwriting, video editing and more!

A Festival of Films

Have you done the International Film Festival before? If not, then maybe this is the year! There’s a fabulous aray of films, including some cherry picked here:

From Up on Poppy Hill – if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli then you might like to see their latest on the big screen at the Embassy. To get prepared, you could also do a Studio Ghibli retrospective, including My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle.

Lore – this is based on one of the stories in The Dark Room by Rachel Seiffert, in which Lore and her brothers and sisters travel 900 kilometres across post-war Germany to safety (they hope) in Hamburg.

I Wish – set in Japan, where Koichi’s family is disrupted by the separation of his parents, and he finds himself at opposite ends of the country to his brother Ryu. Koichi believes there’s magic in the new bullet train service that might reunite them (and so a plan is hatched!).

Farewell, My Queen – the last days of Marie-Antoinette (as opposed to the first days, as in the movie Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst). This is also based on the novel (same name) by Chantal Thomas.

There are many many more! Have a look at the website for more (or come into a library and pick up a brochure).

You can also keep up to date with new DVDs added to the library’s collection with this RSS feed here.

Trailer Tuesday

Time for Trailer Tuesday, an occasional regular feature. “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out” – Heidi Klum. 

The first trailer for The Avengers (the superhero group consisting of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and a few others without their own movies sadly but may have had bit parts in other films, who can remember, frankly?) is out. It is directed by Joss Whedon, who came up with Buffy. So it might be good! But he’s also responsible for The Dollhouse, so it might not be that good! (Sorry, Joss). Anyway, here it is.

Here’s the new video for Beyonce’s latest, Love on Top. Not a trailer, but who makes the rules? ME

A new trailer for the forthcoming Muppet film can be viewed here (along with all the others). It (the film, not the trailer) contains ‘mild rude humor,’ so you might want to be discrete.

War Horse, a Steven Spielberg film based on a Michael Morpurgo book, has a pretty epic trailer. At last; a film that will delight people who like horsies as well as fans of war films.

~ The END ~

Trailer Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, here’s some trailers.

First, there’s the new The Three Musketeers film (shot in 3D, the trailer points out).

This one stars Orlando the Bloom, and Matthew McFaddyen (from Spooks, and also a former Mr Darcy). There have been other musketeer movies; from 1933 there’s a black and white version with Lana Turner and Gene Kelly (for all you students of film history – costs $4 for one week on a young adult card). Students of classic literature will want to read the book, The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. He also wrote The Count of Monte Cristo, which has also been adapted to film. There you go. Even further sidetracking: this (Monte Cristo) film version features Henry Cavill, who is the new Superman.

The non-superbowl, long trailer of Captain America: The First Avenger:

For people needing to do some Captain America revision, we have lots of comics.

Where She Went, the sequel to the bestselling If I Stay by Gayle Forman (available next month – reserve it now!) has a pretty arty trailer:

And finally, and on a very very different note: the sequel to the mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After:


John Marsden’s ever-popular Tomorrow, When the War Began (see also our Top 10 Books with Death and Destruction), is being made into a movie. Yes! That’s right! And the trailer has been released.  You can watch it in HD on the official site, at this link. Or just watch this non-HD embedded clip.

It stars Lincoln Lewis, who was? is? in Home and Away, and is perhaps an Australian Taylor Lautner. He is interviewed here.

New DVDs

The latest additions to the YA DVD collection;

Mirror Mirror (PG) – There are 20 episodes in this double-disc DVD about two girls, separated by 100 years, who can travel through identical mirrors to the other’s time.
Doctor Who – The Next Doctor (PG) – This is the 2008 Xmas special. Cybermen stalk through Victorian London and the Doctor encounters another Doctor.
Archies (G) – A collection of the first series of the Archie animated show. It’s from 1976!
The Clique (PG) – A group of rich girls + one new not-so-trendy girl = this Tyra Banks produced series.
Scary Movie 3.5 (M) This is the ‘longer, funnier’ version of Scary Movie 3.
ReBoot : Daemon Rising & My Two Bobs (PG) – ReBoot was the first full-length CGI television show and ran from 1994 to 2001.

Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles

Tintin is being made into a movie series, and Steven Spielberg is going to direct the first film (to be based on The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure – which we have in the library). Peter Jackson is going to direct the second film, which is even better news. More information here, along with a picture of the actor selected to play Tintin. No release dates are mentioned, sadly.

It’s not easy being red

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is about to come to a theatre near you, which is very good news if you’re a fan of the comics. Or if you like special effects. Maybe you just enjoyed the first Hellboy film (which we have on DVD!) Some may even be a fan of actor Luke Goss, who was once half of Bros, one of the most popular boy bands of the 80s. (We haven’t any of their CDs, unfortunately.) Perhaps you’re a fan of director Guillermo del Toro, whose next project is the first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films (the filming of which begins in 2010). Maybe you are all of these things – it’s pretty evident that I am.

 (And if you aren’t, maybe start with the comics.)