Into horror? Thrillers? Sci-fi? All three? Then this is your film festival.
“This is an exciting line-up. It’s going to be amazing to see these films on the big screen in New Zealand,” says Festival Director James Partridge, of Admit One. “As a fan, I’ll be in every session.”
The festival will also promote New Zealand talent through its short film programme, by presenting some of New Zealand’s best genre shorts. A short film will play before every feature film screening. The goal is to develop more pathways for New Zealand talent; this year’s best short receives a $10,000 grant of services from Avalon Studios.
“In time, the festival aims to be home to New Zealand’s best feature-length genre films,” says James.
Here’s the line-up.
Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm | Sunday 26 November, 8.30pm
Friday 24 November, 6.30pm | Saturday 25 November, 6.00pm
Daniel Radcliffe leads this jungle survival thriller based on the memoir of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg.
Friday 24 November, 11.15pm
A struggling couple decides to kill off a benefactor for a big payday in this SWSW Film Festival Audience Award-winning grindhouse rom-com.
Sunday 26 November, 11.00pm
In this Canadian WWI horror, a shell-shocked tunneller must lead an Allied team into a hidden German base 100 hundred feet below the trenches.
Friday 24 November, 8.45pm | Sunday 26 November, 6.00pm
A government sleeper agent gets an uninvited visit by people from her assassin past in this South Korean actioner that premiered at Cannes 2017.
Saturday 25 November, 8.30pm | Sunday 26 November, 3.30pm
Paul Verhoven’s legendary satire turns 30, which is only four-days-old in robot years.
Saturday 25 November, 3.30pm
Shakespeare’s The Tempest is transformed in this landmark, and now cult, science-fiction film from 1956.