Auckland summer film fest In The Shade has a mammoth lineup of films – on sale now


A brand new film festival is coming to Tāmaki Makaurau and it’s bringing some buzz-worthy films with it.

In The Shade runs from January 19 to February 2 and tickets are on sale now. Read on for more about the great lineup.

Brand new film festival In the Shade will host a buzz-worthy selection of films on the big screen to cinema-deprived Aucklanders, promising to deliver “ideally timed evening screenings as a perfect addition after a day at the beach or a picnic in the sun.”

From January 19th to February 2nd, Hollywood Avondale and Academy Cinema will screen “an oasis of cool cinema” sourced from some of the world’s biggest international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto.

These include Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age comedy-drama Licorice Pizza (already getting 5-star reviews after initial screenings), Mike Mills’ Joaquin Phoenix-starring C’mon C’mon, a 40th anniversary restoration of Merata Mita’s PATU! and many more.

The big opening night film—and by big, we mean HUGE—is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. Toni Collette, Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Mary Steenburgen, Cate Blanchett and Willem Dafoe star in this crime thriller based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel about a relationship between a manipulative carny and a dangerous psychologist.

Following from the disappointing cancellation of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2021 in Tāmaki Makaurau, In the Shade will bring a bunch of those NZIFF hits to Aucklanders hungry to see them on the big screen. These include Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield televangelist drama The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Cannes award winner Nitram, Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero, “serene, liminal third-eye hum” Tilda Swinton feature Memoria, “bloody great” NZ portrait Fiona Clark: Unafraid, and A24’s based-on-a-truly-insane-twitter-thread saga Zola.

Rounding off this first announcement of films is the NZ premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s forbidden love nun drama Benedetta, “one-of-a-kind musical” Annette and A24’s man-v-nature fable Lamb as well as classic screenings of 1960s euro-thriller Purple Noon and 2000 Australian crime classic Chopper.

Visit In the Shade for the full lineup, schedule and tickets.