Join us our 2017 Cinema Series featuring films from New Zealand’s illustrious cinema history.  Supported by the New Zealand Film Commission Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga, we’ll be screening a different New Zealand film every four months in our media theatre.  Check out our What’s On page for screening dates. 


Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, while enduring months of unending darkness, in the coldest place on Earth. The story is told from the point of view of the everyday workers who are there to keep the bases running in the harshest conditions on the planet. Never before has this been brought to the screen. Documentary film crews usually only get to visit Antarctica during the few short months of summer. This film includes footage meticulously gathered over 15 years, including 9 winters, isolated from the rest of the world, in 24-hour darkness, and mind-numbing cold for months at a time. For the first time we get to be part of the genuine long-term human experience, experiencing the stunning visual wonders and the moving emotional journey of a year on the ice.

Film maker Anthony Powell has contributed footage to numerous films and TV shows all over the world including National Geographic and Discovery. He also featured in the Emmy award winning BBC series Frozen Planet. This is his own first feature film. Final picture grade and surround sound mix was completed at Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production.


Up-Coming Screening | Ngā Kiriata ka tae ā kō ake nei ki Aotea Utanganui


Poi E: The Story of Our Song (2016)

‘Poi E’, a simple song with a catchy beat released 32 years ago, has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. With humour, energy and emotion, the movie Poi E is the story of how that iconic song gave pride to generations of New Zealanders. From Taika Waititi giving Stan Walker his quirky take on life in the 1980s to Pātea Māori Club members’ straight-talking and funny memories of the song’s visionary originator Dalvanius Prime, director Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion) captures a unique story that taps into the heart of the nation. The archival material that features throughout this documentary was sourced from the Livingston Baker Archive at Aotea Utanganui.

Disarming and charming, hilarious and moving, their narration of this story is both wildly entertaining and indelibly memorable. And above all, 100 percent Kiwi” – Newshub film reviewer Kate Rodger.

Daily Screening in Media Theatre from December 2017 – March 2018 | G | Documentary | 96mins