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Our programme for 2015 can be found on the NZ Federation of Film Societies website at www.nzfilmsociety.org.nz/riverton. Film Society members will be emailed information on upcoming films before screenings.

Membership is $60.00 per person for 12 films - screenings are on the second Sunday of each month.

$10 Casual entry

For any further Film Society information please contact us here at the Riverton Community Arts Centre.

!!!NOTE-NEW FILM SOCIETY SCREENING VENUE: Riverton Union Church Hall, 126 Palmerston St, Riverton 9822

Specially selected films from New Zealand & around the globe Screening at 7pm on the second Sunday of each month | Annual membership (12 films) $60 per person $10 Casuals Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase Purchase your membership at Riverton Community Arts Centre

2015 Film Catalogue

This Month

Sunday 13th September, 7pm

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Walt Disney's fun, live-action adaptation of Jules Verne's classic science-fiction story features some of the best special effects produced in the 1950s. Captain Nemo, the commander of a futuristic submarine called the Nautilus, rescues the survivors of a shipwreck and takes them on an incredible journey far below the ocean's surface. They encounter numerous wonders of the sea, including an enormous squid which attacks the ship in the film's most unforgettable sequence.

Coming Up


Oct 11, 7.00pm

M, 82 mins.

The story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Previous Screenings

The Unnatural History of the Kakapo

The Unnatural History of the Kakapo- Film Screening and Directors Talk.

Sunday August 9th, 7pm

This critically acclaimed documentary tells a story about a family living with a terrible curse. Adults are plagued by infertility and the young are vulnerable to disease. But this family is no stranger to adversity; they are a family of kakapo. Once thought extinct, they’re now the world’s rarest and strangest wild parrot. Today there’s only one breeding population left in the entire world and the normally guarded conservation project that protects it has opened its doors and given a documentary maker unprecedented access to the Kakapo Recovery Program. The timing is perfect, modern science thinks they’ve uncovered the reason behind the curse and the recovery team think they’ve found a way to lift it. With the help of a Spanish avian artificial insemination expert, some old men and a team of dedicated conservationists and rangers, a cure is almost within reach. But the battle to save the kakapo is far from over and the kakapo themselves still have a hand to play.

This screening has been made possible with the support of the Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council Creative Communities Scheme.

Fantail Sunday July 12th, 7pm

“Playing Tania, a feisty young petrol station attendant figuring out her place in the world with F.A. help from anyone else, Auckland writer-actress Sophie Henderson is mesmerising. Proving exactly the kind of big-screen discovery the Film Commission’s Escalator low-budget scheme was surely intended to nourish, Fantail was developed from her one-woman stage piece in collaboration with her husband, first-time director Curtis Vowell. Though she looks as fair as any pâkehâ, Tania has grown up Mâori and wants to keep it that way. She looks after her ailing mother by day and works the graveyard shift at the station, saving money to take her little brother Piwakawaka to Surfers to find the man they both call dad. When she’s not covering up for her sweetly discombobulated boss, she’s fending off the by-the-book regional manager, who’s kind of cute despite himself. But when young Pi falls in with the wrong kids, the extent of her vulnerability is horribly exposed.”

All That Heaven Allows Sunday June 14th, 7pm

This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores by Douglas Sirk follows the blossoming love between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others.

Hot Air Sunday May 10th, 7pm

HOT AIR is the story of twenty years of political struggle between politicians, scientists and activists wanting to reduce New Zealand's emissions, and corporate leaders and their lobbyists working to protect profits and commercial advantage. Key political leaders inside and outside parliament describe their victories and defeats, and businessmen and lobbyists explain their strategies and concerns. Political commentators and academics take us behind the scenes to show how politics in New Zealand really works. Including a wealth of archival material and interviews, this feature documentary is a thoughtful and provocative response to the question - is it possible for a small modern democratic nation to address the greatest political challenge of our age?

War Horse

April 12th, 7pm

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets-British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man's Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse-an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. --(C) Dreamworks

The Moo Man

March 8th, 7pm

The remarkable story of a maverick farmer and his unruly cows, filmed over four years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels. In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets, and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd. However farmer Hook's plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows. The result is a laugh-out-loud, emotional roller-coaster of a journey. "Heart-warming, a tearjerker of a movie about the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside.".

The Dark Horse

February 8, 7pm

M drug use, offensive language and violence- 124 mins Starring an extraordinary NZ cast; Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider and Boy), James Rolleston (Boy) and Kirk Torrance (Outrageous Fortune) The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand Hero and Chess champion

The Riverton Film Society and Fiordland Cinemas present……..

Ata Whenua-Shadowland January 11th 7.00pm.

Fiordland on Film – Ata Whenua will take you on an unforgettable journey. Fly through the Fiordland World Heritage Area and experience the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. Mysterious, evocative, exhilarating and utterly spectacular. A must see: “possibly the best thing I did in NZ” NJ Weller (UK). Ata Whenua – Shadowland « Fiordland Cinema, Te Anau, New Zealand

We will have copies of this amazing film for sale on the night of our screening. Take home this slice of majestic Fiordland for only $35. Dvd’s come gift wrapped- a great gift idea for your friends and family overseas!

Because this Ata Whenua is only 32 minutes long we will have a special screening afterwards of ‘To the Back and Beyond’, a film made by Riverton local, Dave Asher from South Coast Productions.

About ‘To the Back of Beyond’ To survive they had to be innovative, industrious and tough. For the Trail, Leask and TeAika families survival meant more than farming sheep for wool. To survive financially required hunting possums and deer as well as searching for ambergris washed ashore along the expanse of Mason Bay. Join Tim Te Aika as he recounts the trials and triumphs during his twenty years at the Island Hill Run, New Zealand’s most southerly farm.

Community Trust of Southland Creative Communities NZ Southland District