Kiwi Summer Music Film Festival
You may be back at work, but in the evenings you can trip back to the hippie fests of the 1970s, the dance parties of the 1990s, the music videos we loved, and the great pop, rock and reggae stories of New Zealand.
A summer of Kiwi music movies and documentaries is on screen at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's Wellington cinema from 11 January to 24 February 2017.
There is something for all, says Outreach & Engagement Group Manager Diane Pivac:
"From the 2016 documentary 'Poi E – The Story of Our Song,' the 2010 story of Wellington’s Trinity Roots, to feature films such as 1986’s 'Queen City Rocker' and 1966’s 'Don’t Let It Get You.'"
All screenings will take at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Archive Cinema, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington.
NZ, 1980, 50 min, Exempt
In the summer of ’79, a hippie festival drew 60,000 people to a farm near Waihi for three days of non-stop bands (including Split Enz), solo artists, poets, puppeteers, magicians, dancers, actors, along with political, social and environmental events. Thirty-six hours of film were edited into a documentary which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980, and had its NZ premiere in July 1980 at the Auckland International Film Festival.
When: 7pm, Wed 11 Jan, Thu 19 Jan, Fri 27 Jan, Sat 4 Feb & Wed 15 Feb
Give It A Whirl
NZ, 2003, 45 min each episode
A six-part series tracing NZ’s popular music, rock ‘n roll stories and songsters who created the soundtrack to New Zealanders’ lives over the past 45 years.
Episode 1: Causing a Commotion - 5pm, Thu 12 Jan & Thu 2 Feb
Episode 2: The Swinging Sixties - 5pm, Fri 13 Jan & Fri 3 Feb
Episode 3: Summer of Love - 5pm Thu 19 Jan & Thu 9 Feb
Episode 4: Anarchy in the Air - 5pm, Fri 20 Jan & Fri 10 Feb
Episode 5: Finding our Own Voice - 5pm Thu 26 Jan & Thu 16 Feb
Episode 6: Land of Plenty - 5pm, Fri 27 Jan & Fri 17 Feb
NZ, 1998, 48 min, Exempt
A festival of freedom, dance, music participation and "a damn good party," The Gathering attracted thousands to the Takaka Hills near Nelson each New Year from 1996 to 2002. On a budget of less than $1,000, Kylie Plunkett and a team of friends created a vibrant audiovisual record of The Gathering 97/98, set to original NZ electronica tracks.
When: 7pm, Thu 12 Jan, Fri 20 Jan, Sat 28 Jan, Wed 1 Feb, Sat 11 Feb, Fri 17 Feb & Wed 22 Feb
Trinity Roots: Music Is Choice
NZ, 2010, 71 min, PG
The jazz-inflected Wellington reggae band Trinity Roots tell their story in Sarah Hunter's music-filled 2010 documentary. Released during a hiatus in the band and just as it was re-forming, the film is filled with humour and generous footage of rehearsals, recording sessions and performances, along with friendly testimony from critics, collaborators and their mums.
When: 7pm, Fri 13 Jan, Wed 25 Jan, Thu 2 Feb, Wed 8 Feb, Thu 16 Feb & Fri 24 Feb
Poi E: The Story Of Our Song
NZ, 2016, 96 min, G
The story of NZ’s unofficial national anthem, its creator Dalvanius Prime and the small-town performers of the 1984 song that rocked the charts and gave pride to generations of New Zealanders. By director Tearepa Kahi, the film premiered in July 2016 at the NZ International Film Festival.
When: 4:30pm Sat 14 Jan, 7pm Wed 18 Jan, 7pm Thu 26 Jan, 7pm Fri 3 Feb & 4:30pm Sat 18 Feb
Queen City Rocker
NZ, 1986, 90 min, M – violence & offensive language
There's panic on the streets as a 19-year-old tearaway, Ska, comes to terms with love and death in Auckland's 80s urban underworld. Ska plots revenge at a rock gig after an ultimately tragic attempt to "rescue" his prostitute sister... with riotous results. Inspired during the era of Auckland’s Queen St riot, the film challenged mainstream national stereotypes.
When: 7pm, Sat 14 Jan, Sat 18 Feb & Thu 23 Feb
Don’t Let It Get You
NZ, 1966, 76min, G
This feel good musical comedy by Pacific Films was one of the few NZ feature films made during the 1950s and 1960s. Featuring an all-star cast, including Howard Morrison and Kiri Te Kanawa, it was publicised as "a tonic film that doesn’t let the blues get you. When it finishes, you feel as if the time has gone too fast and you leave the theatre wanting to see it all over again."
When: 4:30pm Sat 21 Jan, 7pm Thu 9 Feb & 7pm Sat 25 Feb
Keeping It Fresh –
NZ Music Videos, 1930 to the 21st Century
NZ, 1930 to 2011, 78 min, Exempt
A selection of New Zealand music videos from our vaults. See the stars and songs across all music genres from the 1930s to the 2000s - dance or just admire the fashions and soak up musical history. From Epi Shalfoon & His Melody Boys of 1930 to Ray Colombus, The Chills, Shihad, Trinity Roots, Ladi6 and loads more.
When: 7pm Fri 10 Feb & 5pm Fri 24 Feb
Havoc at the Big Day Out
NZ, 1999, 30 min, Exempt
Mikey Havoc and Newsboy hit the 1999 edition of the Big Day Out music festival held in Auckland, and interview some of the stars: Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson and more.
When: 5pm, Thu 23 Feb