Bill Frisell: A Portrait Dir: Emma Franz

  A few days ago I nominated BANG! The Bern Berns Story as the best music documentary at this year’s film festival (read review here)....

Happy End Dir: Michael Haneke

  Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-louis Trintignant, Toby Jones Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke serves up a French-language black comedy featuring a dysfunctional family, observations on social media,...

My Year with Helen, Director: Gaylene Preston

My Year with Helen takes an in-depth look at former Prime Minister Helen Clark’s bid for Secretary General, the top job at UN, where...

Beatriz At Dinner Dir: Miguel Arteta

  Starring: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton At first, Beatriz At Dinner comes across as an American counterpoint to Sally Potter’s very English and very...

The Free Man Dir: Toa Fraser

  Feeling a bit over day-to-day monotony? If you can handle the dizzying spectacle, Jossi Wells and his newfound French friends might set you free. This...

A Date For Mad Mary Dir: Darren Thornton

  If you’re after a bit of craic at the NZ International Film Festival you won’t go wrong with A Date For Mad Mary, an...

It Comes At Night Dir: Trey Edward Shults

  It’s the Walking Dread in this tightly focused post-apocalyptic survival movie; no zombies just Joel Edgerton out to protect his family at any cost. When...

The Workshop Dir: Laurent Cantet

  Starring: Marina Fois and Matthieu Lucci Want your teenager out of their phone and into some current social debate? Then drag them along to this...

A Ghost Story Dir: David Lowery

  Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara A Ghost Story has been described as a film people either love or hate. I beg to differ. I viewed...

BANG! The Bert Berns Story Dir: Brett Berns, Bob Sarles

  At the risk of sounding hyperbolic and clichéd…if you see one music doco at this year’s NZ Film Festival, make sure it’s Bang! The...