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August 2021 eNews

Kia ora!

Welcome to Confluence's (late!) August eNews. Saying we've had a busy month since our relocation to 12 - 14 Drews Avenue would be a bit of an understatement, but it has been truly heart warming to have so many of you stopping in for a chat, a quick look, or just to congratulate us on the move - thank you!

We've been working hard to finish setting up the coworking space, events spaces, and the cinema. The new spaces are presenting us with opportunities (and a few challenges) we hadn't expected before moving in, so there are still some upgrades to come, but things are well and truly up and running!

Keep scrolling for this month's films, open days, updates, and news from other organisations doing cool things!

Films showing in August 2021

We're trying some new things in August!

As well as our regular Thoughtful Thursday and Fulfilling Friday night screenings, we're also trying some Saturday afternoon screenings, or Second Chance Saturdays, AND we have two film-maker presented screenings with Q & A's this month too!

The main entrance to our new cinema is the original wooden doorway at 12 Drews Avenue, with step-free access a little further along at 14 Drews Avenue, which is the blue-green metal and glass doorway. As our Box Office counter and Melita will be based inside 12 Drews Avenue, there is a door bell on 14 Drews Avenue for anyone needing step-free access that way.

During the day the easiest way to visit Confluence is via 14 Drews Avenue as you'll walk right into the coworking spaces to be greeted by Melita or Kevin. That door is open from 9am until 5pm.

Check out some of the other great businesses on Drews Ave before or after your Confluence visit. An extra special shoutout to some of our nearest new neighbours and community champions - have a drink and a meal Porridge Watson, get great coffee and vintage goodness at Article, and find some gorgeous art and other things at Juxtaposition Gallery.


* There are 3 scheduled screenings of this film! *

This is New Zealand

This is New Zealand was the New Zealand National Film Unit's most successful production. It broke all records for audiences at home (over 400,000) and abroad (over two million). It created a new benchmark for innovative compelling film-making, pushing the boundaries of film concept and technique in New Zealand at the time. This screening will show with 'This was New Zealand' - a documentary looking at the making of the original film.

Remind yourself of 1970s New Zealand, or experience it for the first time!

The Thursday 12 August screening will also include a Q & A with the Director Hugh Macdonald, and the re-release producer Graeme Moffatt.

  • Director: Hugh Macdonald (1971)
  • Rated: Exempt
  • Genre: Documentary (allow 2 hrs including Q&A, or 1hr 30 for our repeat screenings)



War photographer W. Eugene Smith travels back to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coastal communities.

  • Director: Andrew Levitas (2020)
  • Rated: M (Violence, offensive language and content that may disturb)
  • Genre: Drama based on true events (2 hours)


The Reel People of New Zealand

Stories about independent/art house cinemas in New Zealand from Te Awamutu to Stewart Island (and the people who run them), as seen through the eyes of a young American film-maker. It also focuses on the role film-going continues to play in the lives of may New Zealanders and what might happen in the future.

This screening will also include a Q & A with Producer and the blog and directory, Cinemas of New Zealand, Geoff Lealand.

  • Director: Nick Homler (2017)
  • Rated: Exempt
  • Genre: Documentary (30 minutes film + presentation + Q&A, about 1hr all up)


* There are 2 scheduled screenings for this film! *

The Godmother

A translator working for the police gets involved in the other side of drug dealing. The effervescent Isabelle Huppert returns in the Godmother, where the gritty realism of Breaking Bad meets a stoner comedy movie.

  • Director: Jean-Paul Salome (2020)
  • Rated: M
  • Genre: Comedy Drama (1 hour 44 minutes)
  • Language: French and Arabic with English subtitles


They call me Dr. Miami

Dr. Miami is 'the most famous plastic surgeon of the universe'. He's followed by millions of people, mostly teenagers who can't get enough of his live operations and his multiple skits. While chasing fame, and appearing in hip hop music videos, can this Orthodox Jewish father of five carry on with his gimmick and still preserve his identity? Can he carry on preaching for cosmetic surgery while respecting his faith? What happens when social media and body image collide?

  • Director: Jean-Simon Chartier (2021)
  • Rated: M (Offensive language, nudity, content that may disturb)
  • Genre: Documentary (1 hour 49 minutes)


Waiting for Anya - Friday 27 August 6:30pm M

During the harrows of WWII, Jo, a young shepherd and Horcada, a widow, help smuggle Jewish children across the border from southern France into Spain.

Based on a true story and the novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse).

  • Director: Ben Cookson (2020)
  • Rated: M
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller, War (1 hour 49 minutes)


A big thank you to everyone who came to our July films and helped raise well over $200 donated between Plastic Free Whanganui and the Women's Network Whanganui.

There are more fundraising screenings coming in September.

Events at Confluence this month

With our new spaces returns the opportunity for us to run public events that are not just film screenings. The 'Events' page has returned to our website so keep an eye out there for details as well as in our newsletter emails.


Saturday 21 August 10am - 1pm

Take a peek at Confluence's new coworking and events spaces! Ever wondered what coworking is all about? Pop in to find out!

Where: Confluence coworking entrance, 14 Drews Avenue (free)


There's been a lot of work going on over the last month to get Confluence up and running!

Thanks to Whanganui & Partners, in-conjunction with UCOL, for having the foresight and energy to push the Backhouse project through. Confluence is thrilled to be amongst the founding tenants and having the chance to help the Whanganui business and other communities develop.

Huge shout-outs to new Whanganui building firm McCullum Building Ltd, their staff and sub-contractors for completing the work to a tight deadline and managing the refurbishment project for our spaces in the Backhouse.

Plus hugs and thanks to Jim Farley for his time and expertise, and of course Linda for the flowers and support.

Look out for details and more interesting photos of upcoming upgrades in next month's eNews.

Other great events this month

Here's some more events you may be interested in. They're not at Confluence but we think they're great events organised by great people.

Gonville Urban Research Centre presents:


4pm Saturday August 21 at the Davis Lecture Theatre in the Whanganui Regional Museum - FREE

Public talk on Public Spaces will be chaired by Anthonie Tonnon and presented by Auckland photographer and urban advocate Patrick Reynolds. Patrick has a deep interest in the performance and design of our cities, how they've come to be as they are and what they might yet become.

GovHack Aotearoa presents:


August 20 to 22 at the Alexander Library

Be part of the largest open data hackathon in the Southern Hemisphere from right here in Whanganui! Meet great people and work together to create something new! Everyone welcome, no previous experience required.

Click here for more details.

Thank you for flowing with this Confluence news update!

(c) August 2021 Confluence Whanganui Ltd, a trading name of Double Farley Ltd.

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All film photos and synopsis text reproduced under individual screening licences from official publicity stills. Other photos, text, and content copyright Double Farley Ltd.