Today, we kick off our 4th series of Soup and a Seat
Every Friday at 12:15pm, from 17 August until 5 October, come in for homemade soup and a choice selection of films. ALL FOR ONLY $8.
Make us your Friday lunch date and invite a friend.
This is cinema condensed to fit into your lunchbreak
12.15pm, Friday 17 August
Rocketman. The Story of William H Pickering
Gillian Ashurst, Spacegirl Productions, Exempt, 2005, 55 minutes
A celebration of the life of William H Pickering, the New Zealand-born physicist who became a key figure in the development of United States rocket technologies. Acclaimed as the original "Rocket Man", in this documentary he recalls his idyllic childhood and connections with New Zealand.
12.15pm, Friday 24 August
The Temptation of Rossano Fan
Richard Riddiford, Exempt, 2011, 58 minutes
A close study of Levin-based architect designer and artist, Rossano Fan, 'an idiosyncratic nonconformist who treads a tricky line between delusion and brilliance.'
12.15pm, Friday 31 August
Strawberries with the Führer
Amy O’Connor, Positive Pattern Films, Exempt, 2011, 30 minutes
Helga Tiscenko was 16 when her father, a Nazi General, was executed for war crimes. 60 years on, she talks to filmmaker Amy O’Connor about the privileges and subsequent travails of growing up the daughter of an intelligent, loving father who became instrumental in an evil regime. Preceded by a NZ newsreel from the period.
12.15pm, Friday 7 September
Gordon Crook: A Life of Art
Clare O’Leary, Go-Go Media, Exempt, 2010, 54 minutes
Wellington based artist Gordon Crook invites us into the worlds that inspire him, from the metaphysical to the natural.
12.15pm, Friday 14 September
Children of a Nation
Peter Marra/Giving Voice, Exempt, 2010, 52 minutes
Set amongst the chaos of youth gang fighting in 2006 that has turned tens of thousands of East Timorese families into IDPs (internally displaced people), an inspired East Timorese teacher develops a vision for the children in her school.
12.15pm, Friday 21 September
Sign of the Times
Victoria Manning and Paul Wolffram, Handmade Productions Aotearoa, Exempt, 2006, 52 minutes
In April 2006 New Zealand Parliament declared New Zealand Sign Language to be an official language. This documentary takes a look from within the Deaf Community at the twenty year battle for recognition of their native language.
12.15pm, Friday 28 September
The Ballad of Ritchie Venus
Nathan Pohio, Cowgirl Productions, Exempt, 1998, 60 minutes
A colourful look at Christchurch-based artist, musician and Elvis impersonator Michael Braithwaite AKA Ritchie Venus.
12.15pm, Friday 5 October
Rumble & Bang
Jeff Smith and Simon Ogston, Exempt, 2011, 60 minutes
This documentary revisits the legendary Christchurch garage rock band, Chants R&B, with rare 1960s footage of live performances at Stage Door in Hereford Lane.