1 FEBRUARY: BROKEN
Broken is a modern retelling of the true NZ story of Tarore and her Book made popular by beloved author Joy Cowley. Logan, an ex-gang leader has left the gang life to raise his daughter Tori. When Tori is murdered by an opposing gang in town, a gang war is inevitable and Logan must choose between revenge or forgiveness as things escalate quickly.
8 FEBRUARY: LOVING VINCENT
Loving Vincent, the world’s first fully painted feature film, brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every frame of the film, totalling around 65,000, is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from around the world. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
Loving Vincent stars famous faces to match the famous paintings they portray, including — Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) plays Doctor Gachet, Saoirse Ronan (Academy Award nominee for Brooklyn & Atonement) plays his daughter Marguerite Gachet; and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd) is postman Joseph Roulin.
22 FEBRUARY: THE PARTY
The dinner-party-from-hell genre is delivered a short sharp shock by veteran British writer-director Sally Potter in this gleaming black comedy. Kristin Scott Thomas is hosting a group of friends to celebrate her promotion as shadow minister of health, elegantly juggling dinner preparation, congratulatory calls and surreptitious messaging from a lover. Husband Timothy Spall plays aggressive DJ, otherwise upright but catatonic in the living room as the guests arrive. These include her best friend (Patricia Clarkson, wryly acidic), her life-coach boyfriend (Bruno Ganz, wondrously inane), a coked-up venture capitalist (Cillian Murphy) who arrives sans wife, and an earnest lesbian couple (Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones) intent on sharing some good news. Silly them.
1 MARCH: FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Jamie Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.