Full Programme Revealed for Autumn Events in Auckland and Wellington

4 April 2017

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) today confirmed four more films for its annual Autumn Events programme, which will screen in Auckland and Wellington this May.

The latest four films to be announced are the 1954 landmark musical A Star is Born with Judy Garland and James Mason; Greta Garbo’s exquisite Camille; the English-voiced version of 1980 French animation The King and the Mockingbird, recommended for ages 5+; and Les Blank and Maureen Gosling’s Burden of Dreams which immortalises Werner Herzog’s making of Fitzcarraldo (earlier announced to also screen in the programme).

NZIFF director, Bill Gosden, says the 2017 Autumn Events programme concentrates on films that truly fill the giant screen.

“The grandest screens in the country enable us to present the best possible experience of these classics. The CinemaScope and Technicolor extravaganza of A Star is Born for example, meticulously transferred to HD, means we’ll be viewing the closest possible resemblance to the film as it was first seen,” he says.

Screenings of Camille and Burden of Dreams at the Academy Cinema have extended the dates of the Autumn Events programme in Auckland: 10 to 21 May. The full schedule is now available and tickets are on sale from Wednesday 5 April 9 am for both Auckland and Wellington. The dates and ticketing outlets are:

Wellington, 3 – 21 May, Embassy Theatre. Tickets available from nziff.co.nz.

Auckland, 10 – 21 May, The Civic and Academy Cinema. Tickets available from nziff.co.nz and Ticketmaster.

The previously announced titles include the New Zealand premiere of Terrence Malick’s journey through space and time, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, narrated by Cate Blanchett; a return to the peace, love and music of 1969 with seminal documentary Woodstock; Werner Herzog’s legendary Fitzcarraldo; and Woody Allen’s definitive love letter to New York, Manhattan, starring Diane Keaton, and Meryl Streep.

The films announced today are:


There’s rarely been a more sumptuous production than this 1936 MGM classic, and there’s never been a more exquisitely heart-breaking Camille than Greta Garbo.

“Through the perfect artistry of Garbo’s portrayal, a hackneyed theme is made new again, poignantly sad, hauntingly lovely” — Frank Nugent, NY Times, USA


A Star is Born

Judy Garland (as a singer on the rise) and James Mason (as a fading matinée idol) personify Hollywood’s archetypal view of showbiz coupledom in this landmark musical drama from 1954. (hello, La La Land.)

“Fresh, exciting, touching and alive… by far the best of all the films about life behind the cameras, the lights, the wind-machines, and the cocktail bars of Hollywood” — Dilys Powell


The King and the Mockingbird

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, this classic of hand-drawn animation follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king. An eye-opener still, it’s been cited as a major influence by the great Miyazaki.

“It's beautiful, it's twisted, it's funny… It is the perfect film for children, and a challenging one for adults” — Charles Mudede, The Stranger


Burden of Dreams

The classic ‘making of’ documentary, Les Blank’s Burden of Dreams continues to enthral audiences who may never have seen Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo itself.


Autumn Events also screens in Dunedin and Christchurch in April and May. Autumn Events are programmed and presented every year by the charitable trust responsible for the cultural highlight of New Zealand’s winter, the NZ International Film Festival (NZIFF). The full NZIFF programme will be available from Tuesday 27 June for Auckland, and Friday 30 June for Wellington. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 20 July and in Wellington from 28 July in 2017.