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Popcorn at the Ready for the 2013 Raglan Film Festival

Popcorn at the Ready for the 2013 Raglan Film Festival

A thought-provoking, inspiring line-up of movies is set to thrill Raglan film lovers in the coming weeks, as the 5th Raglan Film Festival returns to the town.

Taking place at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre on Stewart Street from 13 – 22 September, the festival includes a diverse mix of documentaries and drama from around the world.

As in previous years, the festival will also be honouring local filmmaking talent. The RAFFA Awards celebrate the achievements of Raglan filmmakers and actors, and will be presented at a glittering awards evening at the Old School Arts Centre on Saturday 21 September.

What’s in store for moviegoers?

1) The festival opens on Friday 13 September with a screening of some of the Awards nominees, including the feature  Red, White, Black and Blue, an uplifting tale about the exploits of a group of inner city LA students travelling around New Zealand – and Raglan - on a rugby tour. (Friday 13 September, 8pm.)

2) Keep a handkerchief at the ready for the moving tale of Hannah and Tomasz in Remembrance. After finding love in a German concentration camp the couple lose each other amidst the chaos of the last days of war. (Saturday 14 September, 4.30pm & Friday 20 September 8pm.)

3) Girl’s night out with a difference? Don’t miss delicious French comedy Haute Cuisine, based on the real-life story of the personal chef to former French president François Mitterrand. Saturday evening showing features an indulgent Tasting Menu from local chef Mauro. (Saturday 14 September, 8pm & Sunday 15 September, 4.30pm.)

4) Green-fingered types will love the funny and moving portrait of 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin in Gardening with Soul. (Sunday 15 September, 8pm & Friday 20 September, 4.30pm.)

5) If you enjoyed This Way of Life, put Arctic Son on your must-view list. This documentary shares the candid, inspiring story of one family’s life in the remote wilderness of Alaska. (Thursday 19 September, 4.30pm.)

6) Get a first-hand glimpse of the world’s waste problem with actor Jeremy Irons in Trashed. This documentary sees Irons travel the world to discover the extent and effects of our ever-growing rubbish mountain. (Thursday 19 September, 8pm.)

Wine, beer, hot drinks, juices and delicious homemade treats are available for sale at every movie.

Further details about each movie can be found on the festival website:

Ticketing details: Adults $11, children $6.   

Film festival movies are often popular, so it’s recommended you reserve tickets in advance. For all bookings, please phone 07 825 0023 or email


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