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The World Cinema Showcase, a mini Film Festival at the Paramount, opens tonight with DICK - a speculative comedy about how two teenage girls caused the fall of President Nixon. The Showcase brings back some films from last year's Wellington Film Festival, plus hot debuts and new prints of cinema classics.

Goodies over the two-week season include: FELICIA'S JOURNEY, the new film from SWEET HEREAFTER director Atom Egoyan; classic thrillers GET CARTER (with Michael Caine) and POINT BLANK (with Lee Marvin); Eric Rohmer's AN AUTUMN TALE; the first film from RUN LOLA RUN director Tom Twyker - WINTERSLEEPERS; hot Aussie film SOFT FRUIT; and new NZ film THE LUNATICS' BALL, made for $50,000 and in competition last year at Cannes.

Screening as a short preceding the new Hal Hartley film BOOK OF LIFE is LOSING SLEEP, a short dance film directed by Neil Pardington and choreographed by Lisa Densem. LOSING SLEEP was seen by an audience totalling over 3000 at last year's International Film Festival, with Festival Director Bill Gosden commenting, "It was very gratifying - although not surprising - that audiences were as enthusiastic about the film as we were. One spectator took the time to tell us how much they enjoyed such 'cinematic dance, or should I say dancing cinema. A perfect melding of film and movement."

The new Martin Scorsese film BRINGING OUT THE DEAD also premieres at the Showcase, and screening prior to DEAD for its later Wellington release season will be local short film WASTED - "three guys, one room, one bullet, and bunch of dead people outside". This is Room with No View, no Jane Austen; Brain Dead territory minus the gore. A squirmfest with tensile thrills - smarts aplenty.



This Saturday at the Paramount, see films by budding directors. Two sessions, both $5: Juniors at 10.15am and Seniors at 12.30pm.

More on this and the World Cinema Showcase at


THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM FESTIVAL The riot of the bad, the awful and the always extraordinary returns mid year to Auckland (Chinatown Cinema, cnr Halsey and Victoria Sts, May 11- June 10) and Wellington (Paramount Theatre, June 16 - July 10).

This year's lineup includes: Bad Girls go to Hell, Black Shampoo, Candy, Eternal Evil of Asia, Hypnosis, Island of the Damned, King of Comedy, My Body Hungers, Night of the Lepus, Nude on the Moon, Revenge of That's Exploitation, Richie Venus, Ring, Secrets of the Shadow World, Sex: the Annabel Chong story, The Sinful Dwarf, Some Like It Violent, Spriggan, Strange Things Happen at Night, Tanya's Island, Tarz, Jane, Cheetah & Boy, That's Education, The Longest Nite, The Todd Killings, US Underground, Vampire Men of the Lost Planet, Vampyres, WADD - The John Holmes Story, Zardoz, and Zontar: Thing.

PLUS, Annabel Chong will be live and direct in NZ See her speak before SEX: The Annabel Chong Story U N C U T ! U N B E L I E V A B L E !! U N F O R G E T T A B L E !!! Annabel Chong had sex with 251 men in 8 hours. It's what happened afterwards that will blow you away..... The Film that shook the adult film industry and film festivals the world over is coming to NZ - and so is the woman responsible.

Look forward to LOOP interviews with Annabel, and some or all of the following: Doris Wishman, Cass Paley of WADD, Huck Botko, Cathee and Rob of DEEP AFRICA, sexploitation filmmaker Joe Sarno and Nathan Pohio the Kiwi lad behind RICHIE VENUS.



Coming this Saturday, the two minute showreel that wowed 'em back in the States. "New Line Cinema presents J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. A first look at the HEROES A first look at the CREATURES A first look at the TALE that inspired millions

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This week in Wellington (6 April):

The Dinner Game (M, offensive language) French farce about impersonations and manipulations.

Erin Brockovich (M) dir. Steven Soderberg. Julia Roberts in great form as the crusading law assistant, with Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart.

Galaxy Quest (M, medium level violence), very funny space spoof with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman.

The Iron Giant (PG, medium level violence) dir. Brad Bird. Warner Bros animation in top storytelling form, with the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr.

Mission to Mars (G) dir. Brain De Palma, with Tim Robbins, Wesley Snipes, Gary Sinise. Don't expect Armageddon.

The Tigger Movie (G), more from the Pooh gang, Disney-style.


Boys Don't Cry (R18, contains sexual violence, violence and drug use) - the fictionalisation of The Brandon Teena Story, or how a woman passed as a man in conservative small town USA with tragic results. Starring Golden Globe winner Hilary Swank.

Savage Honeymoon (R15, contains irresponsible behaviour associated with alcohol) - Westie comedy that hits the mark and funnybone enough to not worry you too much about the lack of depth or character development. Surely that censor's warning is an ad?

The Green Mile (R16, contains violence) - The second Stephen King prison adaptation from director Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption). This time it's a scrupulously faithful adaptation of the serial novellas about a guard (Tom Hanks) who encounters strange spiritual goings on when a giant convicted murderer is placed on his death row shift.

American Beauty (R16 contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes) - Near-immaculate first feature from first time director Sam Mendes, albeit with less depth than the mass acclaim might suggest - whoever dubbed it "Blue Velour" was spot on. But Kevin Spacey is excellent as the 42-year-old who breaks out of the constraints of his suburban family existence, and the rest of the fantastic cast right up there with him almost every step of the way. Great fun.

The Straight Story (G) - David Lynch's gorgeous Disney saga about a lawnmower-driving old coot travelling across Iowa to visit his dying brother.

The Talented Mr Ripley (M, contains violence and offensive language) - Anthony Minghella's beautiful reading of Patricia Highsmith's thriller is very effective. Matt Damon is effectively slimy as the upwardly mobile protagonist, Jude Law is cruelly divine as the object of Ripley's (initial) affection, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett providing top support - along with the excellent Philip Seymour Hoffman (Happiness). Hitchcockian suspense, lush Italian vistas, plus one of the year's best murder scenes to date - it's truly shocking, and the operatic enhancement later in the film is superb.

Toy Story 2 (G): The best film of last year returns to the big screen.



Human Traffic (April 13) drug-fuelled weekend clubbing fun; from the Best of British season, 13 April

Jubilee (cert. TBC) dir. Michael Hurst, great family Kiwi comedy with Cliff Curtis, Theresa Healy, Hori Apihene and Kevin Smith, 13 April

Angela's Ashes (cert. TBC) dir. Alan Parker; the Frank McCourt classic with Robert Carlyle and Emily Watson, 20 April

Buena Vista Social Club (April 20) - Wim Wenders' doco about guitarist Ry Cooder and fabulous Cuban musicians like Ibrahim Ferrer and Ruben Gonzalez, 20 April

U-571 (cert. TBC) dir. Jonathan Mostow; WW2 drama with Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, 20 April

Snow Falling on Cedars (cert. TBC), dir. Scott (Shine) Hicks; from the hit novel, with Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Sam Shepard, Max von Sydow, 27 April

Dogma (cert. TBC) dir. Kevin (Clerks) Smith; angels in effect, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Lee, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, 27 April

East is East (M), dir. Damien o'Donnell, UK box-office and critical smash, with Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge, 27 April

Hopeless (cert. TBC), beaut low-budget Wellington comedy from debut director Steven Hickey, with Phil Pinner, Mia Taumoepeau, Adam Gardiner, Scott Wills, 27 April

All About My Mother (R18) Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar-winning emotional masterwork, with Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz, 4 May

Fantasia 2000 (cert. TBC), Walt Disney's reworked animation classic, 4 May

Guest House Paradiso (cert. TBC), the TV series Bottom hits the big screen, with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, 4 May

Any Given Sunday (cert. TBC), Oliver Stone's gridiron movie, with Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, Ann-Margret, LL Cool J, Charlton Heston, Jamie Foxx. Jim Brown, Matthew Modine, 11 May

The Next Best Thing (cert. TBC) dir. John Schlesinger, with Madonna and Rupert Everett as parents, 11 May

Being John Malkovich (cert. TBC), the surreal sensation from director Spike Jonze, with John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich, 18 May

Heaven (cert. TBC) dir. Scott Reynolds, with Martin Donovan, Joanna Going, Patrick Malahide, Richard Schiff, 18 May

The Whole Nine Yards (cert. TBC) dir. Jonathan Lynn, with Bruce Willis ,Matthew Perry, Natasha Henstridge, Roseanna Arquette, 18 May

Magnolia (cert. TBC) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, family drama with Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, William H Macy, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, 25 May

Onegin (cert. TBC), the Pushkin classic, directed by Martha Fiennes, with brother Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler, 25 May

OUT TAKES lesbian and gay film festival (Christchurch 25-28 May; Wellington 1-7 June; Auckland 8-16 June) - Leading edge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered short films, features and docos, including Swedish tour-de-force Fucking Amal, dark and brooding German film Lola & Bilidikid, remarkable French film The Treaty of Chance, and sexy romantic comedy Just One Time. (visit

The Wellington Film Festival opens 14 July.



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