WELLINGTON FILM SOCIETY
Members Only. Memberships available before the screening. Desk opens 5.45pm
6.15pm Monday 28 AprilSAMSON & DELILAH (Warwick Thornton, Australia 2009) R16
Warwick Thornton's potent, tacitly contentious feature about a pair of outcast Aboriginal kids who flee from their tiny central Australian community won the Camera d'Or for Best First Film at Cannes. It's a major accolade, but the chances are that it pales as a reward for Thornton and his collaborators beside their film's success in the multiplexes of Australia. Samson and Delilah has entered the national conversation across the Tasman the way Once Were Warriors once did here. It's not the taut poetry of Thornton's sublimely visual narrative style that people are talking about: it's violence and addiction in Aboriginal communities, and how they limit the options of young Samson and Delilah, two tender, uncertain kids whose spirits are sustained by little more than their teasing, unadmitted love for each other. The frankness with which Thornton depicts their descent into pariahdom in Alice Springs has a staunch matter-of-fact humanity about it, a determination to stand by one's own, that is both excruciating and stirring to behold. And though you may spend long passages of this film dreading what's coming next, Thornton always nurtures the hopefulness that allow us and his young protagonists a chance at redemption. Unmissable.
- Bill Gosden, NZ Internation Film Festival 2009.
NZ Opera Society
7-9pm Monday 28 April 2014
Ahighly acclaimed production of one of the most popular operas in the world with three of the world’s top singers – what more could you want?
Tickets: $25.00, Opera Society Members $18.00,
Seniors $22.00. Students under 25 free.
Puccini – Tosca
Floria Tosca – Angela Gheorghiu
Mario Cavaradossi – Jonas Kaufmann
Baron Scarpia – Bryn Terfel
Ceasare Angelotti – Lukas Jakobski
Sacristan – Jeremy White
Spoletta – Hubert Francis
Scarrione – ZhengZhong Zhou
Shepherd Boy – William Payne
Gaoler – John Morrisey
Conductor – Antonio Pappano
Director – Jonathan Kent
Design – Paul Brown
Lighting Design – Mark Henderson
Covent Garden Orchestra and Chorus – 2012
All enquiries to the editor 04 387 2559, not the theatre.