Last night I went to the full-house screening of Shoplifters, a Japanese film set somewhere in the back blocks of Tokyo, according to film info. P made yet another poor choice by choosing not to come to this one, as it was an excellent film.

Mainly Celia

While I have already talked about the third film we saw on on Friday (August 3), to get it out of the way and in an attempt to stop thinking about it any more, I still want to say a few words about Celia and Zama, two very different offerings at the NZIFF.


This film was the last of three that we saw on August 2, but it deserves its own post. What a wonderful documentary about Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who died in July 2017 and whose name we are allowed to say thanks to the decision of his clan and family members to ensure that the memory … More Gurrumul

More films

August commenced with Eight Uneasy Pieces, the first of the short film collections that we have scheduled for this festival, and was the only cinema fixture we had for the day. It was a mixed group, with some of the offerings more resolved and/or comprehensible than others (not that comprehensible need be a criterion for … More More films

NZIFF continued…

It’s now Day 7 and in a short time I will be attending my fourteenth film which, unless I book some more, will take me to the halfway point for films I am seeing at this year’s festival. I still haven’t finished writing about the films I have already seen, but will catch up soon.

The Rakiura Walk

After trying, three months after the adventure, to find the small squares of paper I took with me on the walk to write down important stuff, I remembered that I had started keeping an Aotearoa NZ 2018 diary on my laptop early on in the trip. I have just found the parts that relate to … More The Rakiura Walk