Culture June 6, 2017

Box Office – June 2017

McLAREN

1 JUNE

Directed by Roger Donaldson (The World’s Fastest Indian) this is the definitive tale of New Zealander Bruce McLaren, who created a motor racing empire from his shed.

The inspirational documentary account of one man’s pioneering spirit, unswerving tenacity and endless passion, McLaren is the untold story of a New Zealand world motor racing icon.

Born in New Zealand in 1937, Bruce McLaren’s determination to make it to the summit of global motor racing circles saw his name become synonymous with the sport; displaying an incomparable will to succeed and desire to better both himself and his burgeoning super brand. In following a singular dream, McLaren elicited the loyalty, determination and love of family, friends and colleagues to create a dynasty that lives on to this day. Revealing the challenges and adversities faced along the way, including a childhood illness which threatened to alter the path of his life, McLaren is the story of one man’s unfaltering commitment to his vision which will inspire generations of sporting fans.

NZ Rating: G

 

CHURCHILL

JUNE 15

Churchill follows Britain’s iconic prime minister, Winston Churchill, in the days before the infamous D-Day landings of June 1944. As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead.

Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery.

Only the unflinching support of Churchill’s brilliant, unflappable wife Clementine can halt the prime minister’s physical and mental collapse and help lead him to greatness.

 

MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT

JUNE 29

Omar Sy stars in the French-Language film, Monsieur Chocolat which is based on the life of Rafael Padilla — a former Cuban-born slave, who became a performer in France during the belle epoque era.

Padilla was born in Cuba in 1868 and was sold into slavery at the age of nine, to a Portuguese merchant. After escaping slavery, he traveled to Paris and launched a career in the circus, captivating the French with his talents as a singer and dancer, and as a clown, working under the stage name Chocolat.

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