Past Event31 Jul


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The Civic


“Panos Cosmatos’ follow-up to Beyond the Black Rainbow is a gloriously lurid mock-80s revenge quest that aims a raging, roaring Nicolas Cage at villains from another dimension.” — Katherine McLaughlin, Sight & Sound

It was labelled the ‘midnight-iest’ of midnight films at Sundance. It promised Nicolas Cage in full beast mode surrounded by dream fugues, animation, psychedelia and demonic symbolism. And it delivered on those promises and more. Now it’s your turn – to turn up, tune in and wig the f-out. 

Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) directs Cage as Red, a lumberjack who lives with Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) in a remote cabin – an enviable idyllic co-existence that involves lazing under blankets beneath moonlight and whispering sweet nothings. Before long, into this Prozaced wilderness rom-com comes The Children of the New Dawn – a cult run by Jeremiah (Linus Roach), who only has eyes for Mandy.

After suiting up in their Frank Frazetta-inspired heavy metal armour, the cult descends on the couple’s tranquil abode, overpowering Red and kidnapping Mandy. Eventually Red breaks loose (just before all hell does), as the narrative dissolves like strong lysergic acid and begins invoking the aesthetic of fantasy novels and heavy metal imagery. As Red, Cage is gloriously and ferociously over-the-top, taking us along on one hell of a vengeance-seeking, tripping-balls-to-the-max path of bloodlust and spiritual salvation. 

Mandy is a midnight-movie festival onto itself… Were scientists to engineer an uncut, 100-proof cult sensation, it would probably look, sound, and kick like this.” — A.A. Dowd, AV Club

Ticket Pricing

Tue 31 Jul, 8.45pm

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing agent for all ticketed events at Auckland Live.

Early Bird Full (purchased before 19 July)
Full (purchased from 19 July)
Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Nurses*
Community Services Card*
Students *
Senior (60+)
Children (15 and under)

Ten-Trip Pass

The Ten-Trip Pass consists of a unique barcode that can be used to purchase tickets to any screening, subject to seat availability (passes are not tickets and do not guarantee admission), and excluding 3D films, Special Events and Live Cinema performances.  Passes can be purchased and redeemed for tickets in advance online, via the phone or the Aotea or Civic Box Offices.  Passes can also be redeemed on the day at all venues, subject to seat availability.

After purchasing your pass online, you will need to download your Print-at-Home ticket and use the unique barcode number to redeem your pass for tickets to individual sessions.  (The barcode is issued immediately when purchased at the Box Office or via phone).  Once all ten tickets have been redeemed, the barcode will expire.


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Concession Discounts

Students, Film Society members, Industry Guild members and Community Service Card holders are entitled to purchase one ticket per session at the discount rate. Student/Membership /CSC ID is required – please ensure you bring it with you to the venue to present to staff on request; failure to do so will result in the full price being charged for attendance. Film Society “Three Film Sampler” holders are not entitled to the concession discount.

Please note: We are unable to accept any vouchers unless marked NZIFF 2017.