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A weekend destined for the screen

The film buffs among us will be busy this weekend, and if you’re more into folk music or a good giggle, stay tuned, as this break has rolled around faster than ever and has a good selection of talent on display.

Wairarapa Film Festival

Speaking of rolling, many have been working hard for months to get the Wairarapa Film Festival ready for the screen. All showings are showing at Regent 3 Cinemas in Masterton.

Today’s matinee lineup has the five-minute film, The Pen showing, which features the talents of Masterton-born Jermaine Clement. The main feature film showing is 1980 Learning Fast, one of Dame Gaylene Preston’s earliest documentaries. Preston herself will also be speaking at a panel as part of the showing.

This evening, short 2022 film Saviour featuring yesterday’s Quick 5 contributor Kieran Charnock is showing before 2022 film Shut Eye along with a cast and crew panel discussion.

Sunday’s showing begins with short film Turangawaewae A Place To Stand, which has a soundtrack composed by Featherston-based musician Warren Maxwell, and then will play Te Rua, a 1991 Barry Barclay work surrounding stolen Maori carvings in a Berlin museum.

    Tickets to all showings can be booked directly through Regent 3 Cinemas.

    Today, Regent 3 Cinemas, matinee showing 3.15pm – 5.15pm. The Pen, Learning Fast and featuring a Special Film Talk with Dame Gaylene Preston.

    Tonight, Regent 3 Cinemas, evening showing, 7.15pm – 9.30pm. Saviour, Shut Eye and Special Panel Discussion with Cast and Crew.

    Tomorrow, Regent 3 Cinemas, matinee showing, 3.15pm – 5.30pm. Turangawaewae, Te Rua and Special Panel Discussion with the creatives.

The Madillionaires

Local music and creative coordinators, Greytown Up Close and Personal are hosting folk group The Madillionaires tomorrow. The group features three generations of the same family plus a kazoo soloist extraordinaire, and they promise to combine dynamic and diverse musical styles with strong vocal harmonies.

    Tomorrow, 3.30pm, tickets $20 on the door, cash only, BYO welcome. Book by text to 02102361951.

Comedy in Carterton

In need of a laugh and no plans tonight? The New Zealand International Comedy Festical is in Carterton tonight, with an exclusive lineup show and hosted by Fred Award winner James Nokise. Carterton’s very own Aunty Lianne [TVNZ’s 60 Seconds] is taking the stage along with Australian comedian Laura Davis and 7 Day’s Lana Walters.

    Tonight, Carterton Event’s Centre, 7.30pm, tickets available through eventfinda.co.nz or phone 06 379 4081.

Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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