No Ordinary Sheila tells the inspirational life story of Sheila Natusch. Sheila was a nonagenarian natural historian, illustrator and writer. This beautiful, truly Antipodean journey, made with love by her cousin and long-time Kiwi filmmaker, Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand) features beautiful historic footage of the lower south in the 30s and 40s. This film offers fascinating glimpses into life as one of few female students at Otago University, and covers Sheila’s friendship with Janet Frame and their subsequent and unsuccessful foray into teaching. Viewers will love this radiant, defiant and unconventional life story which ranges from the southern wilds to the rugged Wellington coastline, where Sheila still lived until very recently, without car, TV, lipstick or alcohol, planning to “get the last bit of fun out of life that there is”.
Home Again 19 October
Reese Witherspoon stars in Home Again, a romantic comedy about a single mum whose new life in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely houseguests, struggles to re-invent her career, and finds herself entangled in a new relationship. From the producer of The Holiday, The Intern and It’s Complicated, Home Again is a funny, uplifting story of love, friendship, the families we create, and one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.
Maudie 19 October
Based on a true story, Maudie is a beautiful and absorbing portrait of reclusive Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis, following her life, the success story of her art and her life with husband, Everett Lewis in a small village in Nova Scotia. Maudie features incredible, award worthy performances by Oscar nominated Sally Hawkins and Oscar nominated Ethan Hawke who bring Maud and Everett to life in this intimate and endearing film.
Detroit 2 November
In the summer of 1967, racial discrimination in Detroit reached breaking point and the city erupted into one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history. From Academy-Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker), Detroit zeroes in on one pivotal event during the civil unrest – the Algiers Motel Incident – a motel raid which spiralled out of control as police interrogated guests, ending in tragedy. A brilliant ensemble cast including John Boyega (Star Wars) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America) portray the real-life people before, during and after this defining moment in their lives. This gripping, intimate film is essential viewing – an urgent, masterful recreation of history with heartbreaking parallels to the present.