Celebrating its fifth anniversary, this year’s programme includes another round of cult hits and classic screenings as well as a good dose of Nic Cage and a New York ninja. The 2021 fest also makes the most of these trying times by trialling a hybrid model with ‘in cinema’ and ‘online’ screenings for Christchurch.
If Auckland cinemas remain shut into the new year due to lockdown restrictions, ‘online’ sessions will become available to them as well.
“Like the rest of the country, the festival has been nervously following the COVID situation,” said festival director James Partridge. “However, we’re incredibly excited to officially confirm that Terror-Fi is going ahead in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.”
Wellington tickets are now on sale with Christchurch and Auckland to follow. The capital city will also host this year’s Filmmaking MasterClass, supported by Screen Wellington, which focuses on the pitching process; with a panel of New Zealand and International writers, directors, producers and sales agents in attendance.
Nicolas Cage leads this samurai-heavy post-apocalypse Western as a bank robber wearing a bomb suit that will explode in five days unless he rescues a warlord’s granddaughter. The English-language debut from beloved filmmaking madman Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?).
Jim Cummings (Thunder Road) writes, directs and stars in this black comedy thriller about an engaged Hollywood agent who receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter—a rabbit hole leading to a world of lies, infidelity, and digital data.
The second classic screening is Peter Jackson’s 1996 comedic ghost horror, starring Michael J Fox as a psychic who uses his gift to con people. When a mass-murdering spirit attacks both the living and the dead, it forces him to become a legitimate paranormal investigator.
The final classic screening is this ’60s spy flick about a nuclear scientist who, after discovering a device capable of neutralising any atomic bomb, immediately goes into hiding from Russian and American agents.