By Ryan Keating-Lambert
This year, the 5th edition of the wonderful Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest presents a diverse programme of Aussie and Kiwi culture, which includes traditional food, live music and dance, as well as the always impressive line-up of films, including a special screening of the Kiwi award-winning classic Once Were Warriors. The festival will take place in Kino Lucerna and Kino Ponrepo from November 2 – 7.
Opening the festival is Kiwi comedy Pork Pie, a road movie that tracks three outlaws and the trip of a lifetime as they race across New Zealand in a yellow mini. Directed by Matt Murphy, Pork Pie is faithful remake of the classic of the same name, but is also able to capture the attention of a whole new generation.
Visitors this year also have the chance to revisit Kiwi classic Once Were Warriors, a powerful story of Maori outcasts and family violence on the outskirts of Auckland that took the world by storm in 1994. Directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen, this is one not to be missed.
From the Australian archives this year, there will be a special screening of historical drama Rabbit Proof Fence, based on the true story of two Aboriginal sisters who walked across a country to get home after they were forcibly removed from their mother. The 2002 film will be accompanied by an introduction to that period of Australian history by Czech anthropologist Stanislav Slavický.
Closing the festival will be Australian romantic comedy Three Summers, a story of folk festival love set in Western Australia and starring some of Australia’s most seasoned actors including Magda Szubanski, Michael Caton, Deborah Mailman and Jacqueline McKenzie.
For full programme and ticket details, visit the official website.
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