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SCREENING TIME: September 25, 6.30pm. SYNOPSIS: Inspired by a horrifying real-life murder, Tim Hunter’s tale about a group of disaffected, nihilistic high-schoolers is the anti-Stand by Me, a still-topical examination of teenage apathy and suburban ennui that hasn’t diminished in its capacity to disturb since it was released 30 years ago. Featuring an incredibly spaced-out performance from Crispin Glover and Keanu Reeves in an early role, River’s Edge is one of the most underrated and starkly chilling American movies of the ‘80s.

Anyone who is anyone….. Will be seen at Café Society and the JIFF 2016 Program Launch. Be the very first to see Woody Allen’s brand new film direct from Cannes film festival. Join us for this advanced screening and be the first to get your hands on the JIFF 2016 program before tickets go on sale on September 30th. ''Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After landing a job with his uncle, Bobby falls for Vonnie, a charming woman who happens to be his employer's mistress. Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and begins working in a nightclub. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite, until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again.''

Singular sci-fi weirdness that could only have been made in the ‘70s, The Man Who Fell to Earth gets better and better with age. Continuing Nicolas Roeg’s amazing early run of visionary masterworks (Performance, Walkabout, Don’t Look Now), this multilayered, highly resonant art pic stars the otherworldly, inimitable David Bowie as a space alien-turned-industrialist seeking water for his dying planet. An entrancing, unusual film, tackling meaty themes of identity, alienation, capitalist malfeasance and media saturation, and filled with poetic, atmospheric images best experienced on the big screen.

Widely considered one of the greatest and most unusual of the genre, Robert Aldrich’s late-cycle nuclear age film noir is hardboiled pulp infused with the unsettling tone of a horror nightmare. A key influence on filmmakers such as David Lynch, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino, KISS ME DEADLY is the definitive version of Mickey Spillane’s private eye character Mike Hammer, played here with thuggish amoral magnetism by Ralph Meeker. Dark, ultra-stylish, thrillingly surreal, with a truly mind-blowing finale.

Releasing at Academy Cinemas 1st September. Currently rated 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

A film, music and aural presentation by Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records. APRX 2 Hours. Featuring archival film, images & stories spanning 1890 to the present day. The live footage performances are culled from rarely seen film shot during Alan Lomax's North American travels between 1978 to 1985 and Mississippi Record's own enormous library of folk blues, gospel, esoteric, international & punk music. The core of the moving image show will feature video footage from the 400 hours shot by Alan Lomax between 1978 & 1985 (an era that seems to have been overlooked by archivists). Highlights include the first R.L. Burnside moving image, Skip James' buddy Jack Owens, Otha Turner leading the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band at one of his picnics, Boyd & Ruth May Rivers, the Hicks and Proffitt families of Beech Mountain, North Carolina (from whom the song "Tom Dooley" originally came), Quad-Split camera footage of the 1982 Holly Springs Sacred Harp Convention, a funeral parade with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Pretty White Eagle Mardi Gras Indians, Ernie K-Doe at Winnie's in New Orleans, One String guitar playing, & much more. This footage is remarkable in that it shows folk cultures in full blossom during a time when pretty much no one gave a damn about them & barely anyone was bothering to record them. As is always the case with vibrant cultures, the blues, country, folk & jazz that Lomax was filming was rapidly mutating to fit the times, so the footage has a feel very contemporary to the late 1970's & early 1980's, yet it is very foreign to our popular mass culture image of what was happening during that period. Beyond the Lomax footage there will be rare film of musicians associated with the Mississippi Records label such as one man band Abner Jay, angel channeling Bishop Perry Tillis, and Rev. Louis Overstreet & his four sons. Each film segment will be introduced with brief stories about the musicians. There will also be a short slide show that tells the story of the underground music industry & Mississippi Records. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/63266123

Releasing September 8th at Academy. A documentary that follows drag queen Panti Bliss: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she's a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is widely regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O'Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words 'a court jester, whose role is to say the un-sayable'. In recent years, Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the 2014 scandal around Pantigate, his fight for equality and against homophobia has become recognised across the world.

Screening 30th September 6:30pm. TICKETS ARE FREE. You can reserve seats over the phone or at the box office 09 373 2761 .The Auckland Underground Film Festival is fast approaching and it’s packed with challenging and entertaining video works from New Zealand and around the world. Head underground to the Academy Cinemas on Friday September 30th to witness the kind of films you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. From comedic docos and chilling drama to glorious abstraction, we’ll send you on a journey through the minds of thirteen independent filmmakers and artists. We’ll be announcing the line-up through our website and Facebook page over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Whether you’re an experimental film aficionado or just feel like seeing something different on your Friday night, come on down and revel in underground cinema with us.

Releasing September 15th at Academy. In Alison Maclean’s vibrant screen adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, a first-year acting student (James Rolleston) channels the real-life experience of his girlfriend’s family into art and sets off a moral minefield. Unpacking the dramas that energise a class of budding young actors, The Rehearsal mounts an enticing inquisition of performance, identity and moral anxiety with resonance far beyond its hothouse setting. James Rolleston vanishes into the part of Stanley, a naive newcomer drawn to the city by his passion to make it on stage. While his new best friends indulge in wilder stuff, gentle Stanley tentatively romances 15-year-old Isolde (Ella Edward). His sweet dreams may have found their nemesis in Hannah (Kerry Fox), the school’s grandstanding senior tutor. Students must deconstruct themselves, she contends, before they can play at being anybody else. Stanley gradually bends to her taunting style, until, in one of the dazzling turns that stud the film, he earns her applause with a hilarious, treacherously accurate impersonation of his salesman father. Even murkier waters await when his class decides that a sex scandal involving Isolde’s older sister should be intensively researched for their end-of-year show. With Michelle Ny, Marlon Williams and Kieran Charnock providing vivid support to the young principals, The Rehearsal carries a potent extra-textual charge: there’s enough talent in this fictional drama school to constitute a real-world new wave. Like the novel, the film (co-scripted with Emily Perkins) is as attentive to the misleading effect youthful nerve can have on the ‘mature’ as it is to the crises the teachers so blithely incite in the taught. It’s also its own sharp, original thing, a film by Alison Maclean, alive with ambiguity and cinematic verve.

Up in the Swiss Alps, just above a small town, lives Ursli with his parents, their animals, and his best friend Sereina who often comes to visit. He is a real mountain boy and has a special gift for caring and understanding animals. When late summer arrives, Ursli and his parent make their way down to the village, transporting their harvest by horse carriage. Suddenly, an accident occurs and they lose it all over a cliff. In order to survive the winter they now must make a deal with the unfriendly but wealthy store owner in the village, which puts them into debt. Ursli also has to give up his beloved goat to the rude son of the store owner. And as if things could not get any worse, Ursli receives the smallest bell of all kids for “Chalandamarz” and the kids make fun of him. “Charlandamarz” is a mountain ritual for which the kids chime the bells to banish winter and welcome spring. Ursli finally decides to take matters in his own hands…to help is parents and to find the biggest bell… which is hidden in a cabin on top of the mountain. The adventure is on! Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at Seattle International Children’s Film Festival 2016 In Swiss & German with English Subtitles

Releasing September 29th at Academy. Documentarian Andrew Rossi chronicles the creation of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, 'China: Through The Looking Glass'. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

Releasing 6th October exclusively at Academy Cinemas. Ohad Naharin is one of the most prominent, innovative and productive choreographers in the world. The film follows Naharin between Japan, Holland, Sweden and Israel - through the uncompromising work with dancers and draws a unique portrait of the 60-year old artist at the most critical point of his personal life.

Releasing October 13th at Academy. Delivered with muscularity and verve, Pablo Trapero’s 80s true crime drama unravels the exploits of a well-connected Buenos Aires businessman and his rugby-star son and their ruthless kidnapping and ransom operation. In Argentina everybody knows about the Puccio Clan case. In 1985 it was discovered that a spate of kidnappings and murders had been the work of the Puccios, a well-established Catholic family with five children from San Isidro, a high-class suburb of Buenos Aires. They had held the hostages in their basement, then, after the ransoms had been paid, murdered them. Mamá Puccio and the daughters were allegedly oblivious, but the sons were up to their necks, none more so than golden-haired national rugby star Alejandro (Peter Lanzani), used as bait to attract victims by the controlling paterfamilias. It is through the conflicted eyes of young Alejandro that the story unravels in Pablo Trapero’s fearsomely compulsive film. “Guillermo [The Secret of Their Eyes] Francella’s performance as Arquímedes Puccio… is one of the damnedest things you’ll ever see… Few actors have made evil so insidiously accessible.” — Michael Sragow, Film Comment “Trapero stages the kidnapping set pieces with stirring dispatch, amping up the action with a bold, ironic, propulsive use of such pop tunes as the Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’ and David Lee Roth’s ‘Just a Gigolo’… Despite the mayhem and Puccio’s inevitable downward spiral, the heart of the film remains the strained dynamic between Arquímedes and Alejandro: a monstrous father demanding loyalty and obedience at all costs from the prized son… Francella and Lanzani are excellent… throughout this nervy and provocative picture.” — Gary Goldstein, LA Times

Releasing 13th of October at Academy Cinemas. “Infused with autobiographical elements, Babak Anvari’s debut feature is a terrifying allegory of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, a now often overlooked conflict that shaped much of this London-based Iranian filmmaker’s early childhood. A constantly shifting expressionistic nightmare, Under the Shadow centers upon Shideh (Narges Rashidi), a frustrated mother unable to fulfill her career aspirations because of her former political activism. When her doctor husband is drafted, Shideh is left alone with her daughter Dorsa and must protect her from supernatural phenomena brought upon their Tehran apartment by a missile attack. At first skeptical of ghost stories, Shideh slowly realizes that her home is haunted and gets sucked into a web of paranoia wherein malevolent djinn mess with her mind. Like any insightful work of horror, Anvari’s film leaves it to the viewer to decide whether the supernatural threat is a shared reality or no more than a psychosomatic symptom – a harrowing projection of the protagonist’s deranged psyche.” — Yonca Talu, Film Comment

The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.