Bellbird

Past Event20 Jul

Bellbird

No longer available

The Civic

Film

Marshall Napier, Cohen Holloway and Rachel House shine in Hamish Bennett’s beautifully judged, poignantly funny drama of life and community on a struggling Northland family dairy farm. 

Writer-director Hamish Bennett’s tender, often funny picture of life on a Northland farm delights and moves in equal measure, underplaying fundamental life dramas with a refreshing, truthful lightness of touch. 
Ross (Marshall Napier) is the third generation on the small family dairy farm and he’s determined that son Bruce (Cohen Holloway) will follow suit. Young Bruce, however, makes for a squeamish farmer and would be perfectly content to stick with his job reinventing abandoned treasures at the town dump. 
 
These are men of few words. “Mum used to do the talking for both of us,” Bruce explains to his friend and boss, Connie (a wryly observant Rachel House). The loss of that wife and mother infuses the men’s dogged continuation of farm routine with poignance, and a dawning sense of her legacy gently pushing the two of them forward.  
 
The sweet comic wisdom of the film lies in showing how father and son, apparently at cross purposes, respond to each other’s unspoken needs – and in seeing how the local community, starting with Marley, the cocky Māori kid next door (newcomer Kahukura Retimana), watches out for them. The shared emotional intelligence in the men’s performances is a joy to behold, the perfect corrective to any of us who mistake the undemonstrative for the unfeeling. Grant McKinnon’s cinematography quietly exalts the immanence of whenua and seasonal change in country life. 
 
Ross & Beth, Bennett’s short prequel to Bellbird, scooped the prizes at NZIFF’s New Zealand’s Best short film competition in 2014. Check it out if you need any further persuasion to catch our premiere screenings of the year’s most deeply charming debut feature.


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Bellbird - Official Trailer

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Ticket Pricing

A Coded : Sessions starting after 5pm weekdays and all weekend sessions (unless otherwise indicated)

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Full
$18.5
Earlybird (Until end of day 17 July)
$17.5
Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Nurses
$15.5
Community Services Card
$15.5
Students
$15.5
Senior (60+)
$12.5
Children (15 and under)
$12.5

B Coded : Sessions staring before 5pm weekdays and other shorter duration sessions indicated

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Full
$15
Senior (60+)
$12.5
Children (15 and under)
$12.5

Ten-Trip Pass - $155

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 2019.