Full Autumn Programme Announced for Auckland

Tuesday 4 April 2017

James Mason and Judy Garland in A Star is Born

Our Autumn Events programme concentrates on films that truly fill the giant screen. And we can now reveal that four more films will screen on the grandest screens in the country as part of Autumn Events 2017. The full schedule is now live, and tickets will go on sale from 9 am Wednesday 5 April.

The latest four films to be announced are the 1954 landmark musical A Star is Born with Judy Garland and James Mason; Greta Garbo’s exquisite Camille; the English-voiced version of 1980 French animation The King and the Mockingbird, recommended for ages 5+; and Les Blank and Maureen Gosling’s Burden of Dreams which immortalises Werner Herzog’s making of Fitzcarraldo (earlier announced to also screen in the programme).

Screenings of Camille and Burden of Dreams at the Academy Cinema have extended the dates of the Autumn Events programme in Auckland: 10 to 21 May.

Tickets are on sale from 9 am Wednesday 5 April from Ticketmaster. The Five-Trip Pass ($75) is the best deal if you're purchasing multiple tickets. The pass can be used for individuals or shared with friends.

The previously announced titles include the New Zealand premiere of Terrence Malick’s journey through space and time, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, narrated by Cate Blanchett; a return to the peace, love and music of 1969 with seminal documentary Woodstock; Werner Herzog’s legendary Fitzcarraldo; and Woody Allen’s definitive love letter to New York, Manhattan, starring Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep.

The latest film announcements are:


There’s rarely been a more sumptuous production than this 1936 MGM classic, and there’s never been a more exquisitely heart-breaking Camille than Greta Garbo.

“Through the perfect artistry of Garbo’s portrayal, a hackneyed theme is made new again, poignantly sad, hauntingly lovely.” — Frank Nugent, NY Times


A Star is Born

Judy Garland (as a singer on the rise) and James Mason (as a fading matinée idol) personify Hollywood’s archetypal view of showbiz coupledom in this landmark musical drama from 1954. (Hello, La La Land.)

“Fresh, exciting, touching and alive… by far the best of all the films about life behind the cameras, the lights, the wind-machines, and the cocktail bars of Hollywood.” — Dilys Powell


The King and the Mockingbird

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, this classic of hand-drawn animation follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. An eye-opener still, it’s been cited as a major influence by the great Miyazaki.

“It's beautiful, it's twisted, it's funny… It is the perfect film for children, and a challenging one for adults.” — Charles Mudede, The Stranger


Burden of Dreams

The classic ‘making of’ documentary, Les Blank’s Burden of Dreams continues to enthral audiences who may never have seen Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo itself.


Autumn Events also screens in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch in April and May.

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