Film line-up for SPRING 2019

March 28th – PECKING ORDER
April 4th – WOMAN AT WAR
April 11th – WILD ROSE
April 18th – STOCKHOLM

All films start at 7pm at the Paramount Theatre, Victoria street.
See below for more info and film trailers.

PECKING ORDER

Thursday, March 28 at 7pm
New Zealand
Directed by Slavko Martinov
In English
Documentary
88 minutes
Not Yet Rated

Synopsis
How far will a group of quirky Kiwi chicken breeders go for victory at the National Poultry Show?
Join members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the New Zealand National Championships, as they battle history and each other in a quest for glory and for the love of their birds.

Meet Doug the determined Club President, Rhys the young upstart, Sarah the chicken whisperer, Brian the loveable champion, Ian the exacting judge and more.

Pecking Order is a hilarious, unique, heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which will delight and surprise audiences of all ages.

Review Quotes:

“Director Slavko Martinov captures everything with humour and respect, and his coverage of an unfortunately painful battle for the future of the club adds a keen poignancy.”
-Brad Newsome, Sydney Morning Herald

“A quirkily entertaining documentary about the world of competitive chicken breeding.”
-Cath Clarke, Guardian


WOMAN AT WAR

Iceland | France | Ukraine
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
In English and in Icelandic, Spanish, and Ukrainian with English subtitles
Action, Drama, Thriller
101 minutes
Rated PG: nudity; violence

An Icelandic woman declares war on an environmentally destructive aluminum plant.
Synopsis

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist.

Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything.

Review Quotes:

“An artful fable that examines what it really means to save the world, Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War” is the rarest of things: A crowd-pleaser about climate change.”
-David Ehrlich, Indie Wire

“This woman-at-war story has you rooting for our hero but there is much more going on during Halla’s effective campaign against Big Brother.”
-Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews


WILD ROSE

UK
Directed by Tom Harper
In English
Drama, Music
100 minutes
Not Yet Rated

A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star.

Synopsis

Irish singer and actress Jessie Buckley plays Rose-Lynn, a bolshie 20-something with a minor criminal record and two small kids. Rose-Lynn’s Oz is Nashville and her itchy feet – no matter the ankle tag under her white cowboy boots – will get her there at any cost. So begins an arduous but always optimistic cycle, as the young woman runs away from the responsibilities of family and adulthood in order to chase who she thinks she has to be.

Review Quotes:

“Wild Rose has a great big heart and an unashamed optimism about the importance of following your dreams. Director Tom Harper paints a picture bursting with colour, as butter-warm flares and musical reveries create a sense of southern comfort on the most drizzly of British days.”
– Elia Kemp, Film Forever

“Showcasing her amazing voice, Buckley establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with, conveying a boldness and sentimentality that makes her an endearing protagonist. Behind the camera, Harper’s skilled direction harmonizes with an emotionally charged script, which effectively avoids clichés while ensuring authenticity to its characters.” – Kate Smith-Wong, Flickfeast


STOCKHOLM

Canada | USA
Directed by Robert Budreau
In English
Comedy, Crime, Drama
92 minutes
Rated PG: violence; coarse language

The strange story of the infamous 1973 hostage crisis in Stockholm.

Synopsis

Stockholm tells the absurd 1973 story that became the basis for the phrase, “Stockholm Syndrome.” A brash cowboy, who calls himself “The Outlaw” (Ethan Hawke), enters the Kinderbanken flailing around a machine gun. However, he isn’t intending to rob it at all – instead he’s taking hostages to secure the release of his friend, a fellow con currently in the pen. Bank officer, Bianca Lind (Noomi Rapace), is more perceptive than “The Outlaw”: she can tell he has more enthusiasm than brains. He’s in over his head and the increasingly infuriated cops are probably a greater threat to her safety. Together with the two other hostages, who also start to see things her way, Lind tries to help plot an exit strategy for The Outlaw and his friend.

Stockholm becomes engrossing in how it uses the intensity of its scenario to expose the hidden fears of an entire group of people who are both far savvier and considerably less certain in their convictions than they appear at first.

Review Quotes:

“Ethan Hawke brings a nice mix of humor to the role and Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of Bianca Lind is one that takes her work above and beyond. Rapace disappears into the role of the bank clerk. The performances wouldn’t work if the chemistry wasn’t so believable. And Dylan is the go-to musician on the soundtrack!”
– Danielle Soltzman, Solzy at the Movies

“It’s a tight, energetic period thriller, helmed with flair. Highly recommended.”
– j.b. spins