Celebrating 50 years in Auckland

On the occasion of our 50th Festival in Auckland in 2018, we have invited selected Aucklanders and long-time associates of the Festival to relate Festival-related stories. We received some funny and wonderful recollections of the way we were.

David Blyth

David Blyth

In the late 70s, some months before he directed his first feature, Angel Mine, David Blyth went with cameraman John Earnshaw to an Auckland International Film Festival screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo, a celebration of the cinema of the unconscious. Continue reading...

Pietra Brettkelly

Pietra Brettkelly, whose most recent documentary feature Yellow is Forbidden is her fourth at NZIFF, reveals how she selects her festival viewing. Continue reading...

Brendan Donovan

Brendan Donovan

Brendan Donovan, director and co-writer of The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, remembers an obliging projectionist at the World Premiere of his film at the Civic in 2010. Continue reading...

Alyx Duncan

Alyx Duncan is the director of The Red House (NZIFF 2012) and winner in 2015 of the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for her short film The Tide Keeper. She relates two unexpected consequences of NZIFF attendance. Continue reading...

David Farrier

Co-director David Farrier compares the Civic New Zealand Premiere of Tickled at NZIFF Autumn Events 2016 with a nerve-jangling World Premiere at Sundance. Continue reading...

Annie Goldson

Annie Goldson

Haiku and bouquets from documentarian par excellence Annie Goldson.

"In Auckland’s valley
Tickets flutter, gleam whitely
Like the Civic’s stars" Continue reading...

Sir Bob Harvey

Sir Bob Harvey, a long-time friend to NZIFF in Auckland, recalls the perils of foreign film exhibition back before the Festival hit the screen. Continue reading...

Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph

Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph

“Where real human stories can be appreciated and realised by a real and appreciative audience.” Music to our ears from filmmaker Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph (Tātarakihi; Te Awa Tupua – Voices from the River). Continue reading...

Eric Kearney

Eric Kearney, long-time manager of the Civic Theatre for Amalgamated Theatres, then Hoyts, and the man behind the Information Desk until 2016, revisits changing fashions in film appreciation. Continue reading...

Francis Van Kuijk

Civic projection hero Francis Van Kuijk recalls the physical effort entailed in presenting a film festival on film; and the more refined torture of digital presentation. Continue reading...

Andrew Langridge

Andrew Langridge

Andrew Langridge, a trustee since 1996, came for Shakespeare and stayed for the movies. Continue reading...

Christine Massey

Christine Massey recalls 30 years’ professional association with NZIFF, most recently, until her retirement in 2017, as Sales Manager at Sony Pictures, New Zealand. Continue Reading...

Paul Oremland

Films can change lives. Director Paul Oremland recalls the thrill of seeing his 100 Men (NZIFF 2017) do just that. Continue reading...

Joy Owen

Our long-time High Priestess of front-of-house – first at the Civic from 1978, then ringing the bell at SKYCITY Theatre from 2000 until 2016 – Joy Owen could fill a book with what she knows about the Film Festival, its organisers and its audience. Continue reading...

Leanne Pooley

Leanne Pooley

Leanne Pooley, whose Haunting Douglas premiered at NZIFF in 2003, compares her roles in contrasting exercises in inter-cultural understanding in Tokyo and Auckland. Continue reading...

Miriam Smith

Miriam Smith, co-director with Chris Pryor of How Far is Heaven (NZIFF 2012) and The Ground We Won (NZIFF Autumn Events 2015), carries a torch for NZIFF. Continue reading...

Rebecca Tansley

Director Rebecca Tansley (Crossing Rachmaninoff, NZIFF 2015) celebrates NZIFF as a portal to the wide world. Continue Reading...