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Dry audience action at Wet West Film Festival

Wet West Film Festival, Hokitika, New Zealand

15 December 2005

Dry audience action at Wet West Film Festival

The Wet West Film Festival is adding to its programme of film this year with a rare session of film presented by sea kayaking legend Paul Caffyn. Starting on Thursday 5th January, the Festival offers six sessions of film around the theme of water, from around the world, and a bonus session of rarely seen footage of Caffyns, including the attempt to retrace the 1931 Greenland open boat expedition.

But it won’t all be old material, says Caffyn, “It’ll offer both ancient and modern. From the 1930s to now, action on the sea, from the northern hemisphere. Be warned, footage at the end of the last film of a rescue of their support yacht in massive seas may require sea sickness tablets!”

To keep the atmosphere right and the viewing audience comfortable, the session will be held in Hokitika’s most comfortable viewing space, the Crooked Mile DVD theatre on Revell Street.

With only 40 lounge seats, it’ll be a Saturday evening to book ahead of time, through the Hokitika Information Centre, where you can buy your Festival weekend or session pass, and for only $5 book your seat at the Sea Kayak Session to be sure of some great sea kayak tales from New Zealand’s own world renowned sea kayaker and adventurer who never strays too far from a paddle!

Kick off at the Crooked Mile is 5pm and the 2.5 hour programme allows time to make it to the Saturday night session of Wet West Film Festival films back at The Regent Theatre starting again at 8 o’clock. With rain ordered, the Wet West Film Festival will be the best place to spend four days to start 2006 in relaxed, yet entertained comfort, with plenty of scope for West Coast adventures between films.

Phone Hokitika Info today for your $35 weekend ticket on 03 755 6166 for a great mix of international and New Zealand film, ranging from extreme adventure to story telling to art house short film. Stay dry but be inspired by wet adventures and tales from round the world at the Wet West Film Festival 2006 in Hokitika.


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