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.
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Based on the blockbuster comic book series by Serge Bloch – with more than a million copies sold worldwide in over 10 languages – comes the animated feature debut of the world’s favourite, tiny red superhero; SamSam. SamSam appears to have it all: his own flying saucer and great family and friends. But the one thing he has yet to attain are actual superpowers. When Mega – the new kid at school – tells SamSam she has the solution to all his problems, he sees a short-cut to making his parents proud of him. Embarking on his greatest quest ever with Mega by his side, he discovers that superpowers come in all shapes and sizes, including learning the true value of friendship. Almost 100 short episodes of SamSam have been televised around the globe, from Russia to Australia, and almost everywhere in-between. SamSam’s big screen debut reflects the huge collective surge of love this character has inspired, driven by the wondrous animation studio Folivari whose previous films include The Triplets of Belleville and Ernest & Célestine. A magical, outer-space journey brought to life in glorious, vibrant animation, SamSam wins the hearts of audiences young and old in a thrilling sci-fi adventure like no other.
|Running Time||1hr 18m|
|Rating||G | Very mild themes|
|Director||Tanguy de Kermel|
Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
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