The Bard has a Big Year at NZIFF

NZIFF's second wave of films is a wonderous goodie bag of delights. Shakespeare's reimagined and shaken up for the modern day with Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, and the world premiere of the New Zealand feature, Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, a musical tribute to the timeless tale of star-crossed love. Two films with theatre connections are also confirmed for the national programme. And the lastly, a feature film based on the book by Henry James. 

Read more about the films below.

Becoming Traviata

Soprano Natalie Dessay, acclaimed for her dramatic brilliance, rehearses La Traviata in intense creative collaboration with director Jean-François Sivadier. “Ravishing… Time with Dessay is worth treasuring.” — Village Voice

Read more about Becoming Traviata here.

Much Ado About Nothing

Joss Whedon and a cast of his TV regulars breathe fresh life into Shakespeare’s comedy of romantic gamesmanship. “The first great contemporary Shakespeare since Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.” — The Guardian

Read more about Much Ado About Nothing here.

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song

Shakespeare’s tale of teen love reimagined as a rock opera set in a beachside caravan park. A triumphant blast of style and 21st-century Kiwi trailer trash pop. Classic tragedy probably shouldn’t be quite this much fun.

Read more about Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song here.

Gebo and the Shadow

Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau and Michael Lonsdale await the return of a prodigal son in an adapted play from the world’s oldest director. “A grand piece of cinematic chamber music for a cast of mighty soloists.” — New Yorker

Read more about Gebo and the Shadow here

What Maisie Knew

Steve Coogan and Julianne Moore are the divorcing parents seen from the viewpoint of six-year-old Maisie (amazing Onata Aprile) in this 21st-century Manhattan update of Henry James’ novel. With Alexander Skarsgård.

Read more about What Maisie Knew here.