FILMS FROM THE UK, IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA AND NEW ZEALAND
February 15-22, 2024
Against the backdrop of the Springbok Rugby Tour of 1981, this moving story set in Dunedin, New Zealand is triggered by nationwide protests against the South African team touring New Zealand. Igniting an exploration of identity in indigenous persons and in the heart of a lost Māori 17-year-old, this witty, superb film revolves around Julian Dennison as an out-sized, outcast young boy, enrolled at a rugby-obsessed school. Encouraged by a drama teacher, he finds his way through a passion he discovers for acting and through a renewed pride in his heritage. Tender yet charismatic performance from Dennison supported by a stalwart Minnie Driver as his mother.
New Zealand 2023 (110 minutes)
Friday February 16, 2024 - 5:00 pm