It’s the time of year I look forward to most – even more than Christmas.
Evenings (and daytimes if I can swing them off from working at TVNZ, NewsTalk ZB and on my movie reviewing blog) at The Civic are a shared experience and something to utterly treasure; the best moments throughout my 10 years of reviewing films are the ones you take a gamble on.
And some of the most pleasant surprises come after the film ends, as you emerge blinking into the day / night and engaging in debate, discussion and deliberation with fellow cinephiles – and strangers. The film community remains, along with the selection from Bill and the team, one of the highlights of this annual event.
The list below is a selection of what I’ve already seen, what I’m looking forward to and what I hope to be surprised by.
One final word, make sure you stay for any Q&As after the movies; they’re always enlightening and always entertaining and worth your time.
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