Bellbird is a 2019 New Zealand dramedy directed by Hamish Bennett (Directorial Debut), starring Marshall Napier, Annie Whittle, Cohen Holloway, Rachel House, Stephen Tamarapa, and Kahukura Retimana. It premiered in June last year in the Official Competition of the Sydney Film Festival.
A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840s, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David’s journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, colour and humanity.
The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
A shell-shocked photojournalist, haunted by what he has witnessed on assignment in Africa, returns home on the eve of becoming a father. When one of his photographs threatens to destroy a Sudanese refugee's new life, the two men are reunited by nightmare events from the past.
Thursday, August 22 (7PM). Friday, August 23 (7PM). Saturday, August 24 (4:45PM and 7PM). Sunday, August 25 (4:45PM and 7PM)
An insightful bio-doc of the legendary Miles Davis, the man and musician, packed with revealing newly released archival footage and interviews with friends like Quincy Jones.
For Miles Davis, music was always there – it came before everything. Born in small town “racist to the bone” Illinois, he was gifted a trumpet as a young teen. In 1944, he headed to New York: studying, frequenting clubs and meeting his idols (including Dizzy and Bird).
A stay in post-war Paris (where jazz was on a high and segregation non-existent) changed his thinking, but on returning to America, depression and drugs held sway, until he played a career-changing set at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival. The story of his musical development and fierce creativity, life and loves is vividly and movingly told using the iconic musician's own words (read by Carl Lumbly) from his much-admired 1989 autobiography.
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