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Books and Writers Film Season
Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi
Double Doco Delight
Monday 18 September, 11:00am
Perfectly Frank the Life of a NZ Writer
Biographer Michael King takes us through the life of pioneering writer Frank Sargeson: from puritanical parents to self-discovery in London, through to decades encouraging an emerging tide of New Zealand writers. The documentary’s most priceless moments are the tales told when four of those writers return to Sargeson’s fabled fibrolite bach, in Takapuna. Kevin Ireland calls it an “oasis, this marvellous place where books ruled supreme”. Sargeson’s purposefully minimalistic writing style, the doco argues, helped NZ literature find its own voice.
A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield, a rare New Zealand writer to achieve international renown, left for Europe as a 19-year-old. This documentary examines her complicated relationships with her family and homeland, her turbulent personal life, her writing — credited with changing the course of the English short story — and her early death in France in 1923, at age 34. Shot in five countries and presented by Catherine Wilkin, it includes excerpts from interviews with her companion, Ida Baker (from 1974) and biographer Claire Tomalin. Ilona Rodgers reads from Mansfield’s writings.
Tuesday 19 September, 7:00pm
$14.00 ($12 Concession)
An evening of poetry-based films building on the success of the inaugural 2016 Lyrical Vision programme. Locally-based Robin Kewell and Martin Sercombe - collaborators in bringing film to the people - team up to present an eclectic assortment of short films seldom seen, all influenced by poetry. It is a rare experience to see films of this unique nature and to meet their makers.
In My Father's Den
Wednesday 20 September, 7:00pm
$14.00 ($12 Concession) R16
This film is based on In My Father's Den, Maurice Gee's third novel published in 1972.
When his father dies, Paul (Matthew Macfayden), a world-weary war journalist, returns to his Central Otago hometown. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a teenage girl (Emily Barclay). Their relationship is frowned upon and when she disappears, the community holds him responsible. The events that follow force Paul to confront a tragic incident he fled as a youth, and face dark secrets. Critically-acclaimed, In My Father's Den marked the debut of a formidable fledgling talent: it was the only feature from writer-director Brad McGann, who died of cancer in 2007.
Following the film screening, Going West founder Murray Gray, is joined by Trevor Haysom, they’ll discuss from book to film - the joys and challenges.
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