Director: Simon Curtis.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston. UK 2017. 107 mins.
The adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh may have captured the hearts of children for almost a century, but it’s the fascinating, moving story behind this honey-loving bear that steals the spotlight in Goodbye Christopher Robin. After the Great War, a shell-shocked A. A. Milne (Gleeson) is keen to write, and to “do something worthwhile”. His days spent with his young son, Christopher Robin (Tilston), divert him towards children’s literature – and it’s his son’s collection of toys that inspires the magical world of Pooh Bear and friends. C. R. Milne and family, including his mother, Daphne (Robbie), and nanny, Olive (Macdonald), are swept up in the international success of the books, but the fame it brings comes at a price.
Written and directed by Martin Koolhoven, BRIMSTONE stars Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, The Secret Life of Bees) and the Emmy-award winner Guy Pearce (Memento), following a young woman’s epic quest for survival.
Our heroine is Liz (Fanning), a young and beautiful woman who is being hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Pearce) – a diabolical extremist and her nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she’s no victim but instead a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve.
Told in four chapters, BRIMSTONE is a suspenseful tale of guilt and retribution that unfolds at the end of the 19th century in the unforgiving American West. Making its premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, BRIMSTONE is a tale of powerful womanhood and the resistance against an unforgiving cruelty of a hell on Earth. The film also stars Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones, Black Book) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Testament of Youth).
Director: Slavko Martinov. New Zealand 2017. 88mins.
Join members of the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in this documentary about the lead up to the 2015 New Zealand National Poultry Show. Fierce rivalries, infighting, irregular judging and temperamental birds abound as enthusiastic breeders compete in their quest for the top prize, united only in their passion for chickens. A hilarious, unique and heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which is sure to delight and surprise audiences of all ages.