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Soup & A Seat 2013

Soup & A Seat 2013

The New Zealand Film Archive will soon be launching their 2013 Soup & A Seat series.

This is cinema condensed to fit into your lunchbreak! Every Friday at 12:15pm, from 16 August until 27 September, come into the Archive for homemade soup and a fab selection of films.

Just $8 for soup and your movie ticket.

The films included in the 2013 Soup & A Seat screening series are as follows: 12.15pm, Friday 16 August From Poverty Bay to Broadway: The Story of Tom Heeney

NZ, 2010, 60 minutes, Exempt, director Lydia Monin

“Boxer Tom Heeney was New Zealand’s first international sporting hero, a contender in New York for the World Heavyweight title in 1928. Though he lost the fight (after 11 brutal rounds) New Zealanders exulted then, as now, in the ‘world class’ status of one of our own. With a reputation for doggedness and straight dealing in a notoriously corrupt game, ‘Honest Tom’ became a rich man and footed it with the smart set in Jazz Age Manhattan and eventually parlayed his good name into a long and successful second career running a celebrity bar in Miami” - New Zealand International Film Festival, 2010.

12.15pm, Friday 23 August

A Place to Stay: Salisbury Garden Court

NZ, 2009, 35 minutes + talk by director/producer Marie Russell, Exempt

A documentary that explores the relation between urban design and a sense of community, through the unusual social history of Salisbury Garden Court in Wadestown, Wellington.

12.15pm, Friday 30 August
The Hatred Campaign

NZ, 1985, 36 minutes + talk by producer Rod Prosser, Exempt

“Vanguard’s last foray of the decade into trade union territory was Rod Prosser’s video for the Wellington Trades Council, The Hatred Campaign (1985). Made as a tribute to caretaker Ernie Abbott, killed in the 1984 Trades Hall bombing, it blames the outrage on the hostility against unions which had been fomented during the Muldoon years” - Russell Campbell, Observations: Studies in New Zealand Documentary, 2011.

12.15pm, Friday 6 September
Road to the Globe

NZ, 2012, 52 minutes, Exempt, director Mike Jonathan

Road to the Globe is an “all access” documentary that charts the twelve weeks leading up to the opening night of the first professional Te Reo Māori theatre production staged at the legendary Globe Theatre in London. In April 2012 kiwi actor Rawiri Paratene and his company, Ngakau Toa, consisting of some of New Zealand’s best Māori actors, participated in the “greatest Shakespearian festival of our time.” The “Globe to Globe” festival featured 37 plays, from 37 countries, in 37 languages. The film follows Ngakau Toa as they prepare their exquisite Te Reo adaption of William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

12.15pm, Friday 13 September
Memory, Myth and Melodrama

NZ, 2005, 31 minutes, Exempt, producer Zoe Roland

Zoe Roland used her time as Artist-in-Residence at the Christchurch Arts Centre to create this film using footage from the Film Archive’s collections. With the support of those who deposited the original footage, Zoe selected film shot in the Canterbury region. The films, which date from as early as 1912, include scenes of glorious garden parties, farming, skiing in the Southern Alps, A&P shows and local architecture. In order to create the film’s uniquely personal soundtrack Roland asked individuals from the Canterbury community to view the footage and later interviewed them about the thoughts and memories the film evoked.

Followed by
Notes for a Coastline

NZ, 2004, 26 minutes, Exempt, director Zoe Roland

An essayist documentary about memories of a New Zealand beach settlement, with specific focus on storytelling and oral traditions. “A sort of poetic love letter to my mother.”

12.15pm, Friday 20 September
Lost in Wonderland

NZ, 2009, 52 minutes + talk by producer Costa Botes, PG

A documentary about cross-dressing kiwi lawyer Rob Moodie. “Why does this straight man – who looks at 69 as if he could still spend a day driving in fence posts – turn up in court to defend himself on contempt charges calling himself Miss Alice and wearing the frock to prove it? […] We see clearly in this film that his determination to opt out of any selfgoverning boy's club responds to trauma in his Dunedin childhood. We also see that his fearlessness bespeaks a principled confidence about who he is, which is miraculous considering his disintegrated upbringing and the many different lines of work – farmer, mechanic, detective, trade unionist, barrister – to which he has successfully put his hand since” - New Zealand International Film Festival, 2009.

12.15pm, Friday 27 September
Doctors and Nurses
NZ, 50 minutes, Exempt

A fascinating film programme that looks back on attitudes towards health and medicine across the twentieth century. Compiled from films in the Archive’s collection dating back to the 1930s. From rural nurses on horseback to tuberculous detection - see how the work of New Zealand doctors and nurses has changed over the last decades.

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