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June 2021 eNews

Hello!

Welcome to another Confluence newsletter. We are trying out a new way of bringing you our news. We hope you enjoy reading these, and of course we hope they encourage you to brave the weather and come and see something, or us, at Confluence!

Let us know what you think of this new newsletter format. Remember you can always call us on (06) 2813474 for bookings or information, plus you are welcome to pop up during the day. Also printed copies of our June update are available from the unique Whanganui jewels that are Paiges Book Gallery and charming Article Coffee shop.

Confluence in the news

Huge thanks to the wonderful Georgie Ormond at Local Focus from NZ Herald for covering Confluence recently.

If you missed it you can see the video and read the story in full here.

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Keep on scrolling to discover everything coming up at Confluence in June, plus a special announcement at the end.

Films showing in June 2021

Our film theme for the films in June is work.

For June we have some recent releases, plus classic award winners, a good few laughs, and some extraordinary short films.
In some way or another they are all connected to that word we love to hate, "work".

Thursday 3 June 6:30pm

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Thursday 3 June 6:30pm PG

An amazing photographer's life's work documenting 1960s America is discovered by accident in the visually engrossing FINDING VIVIAN MAIER kicking off Thoughtful Thursday's this June on Thursday 3rd 6:30pm.

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A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

  • Director: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel (2013)
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Documentary (84 m)
Hayward's Auctions back in 2019

Special Bonus Pre-Screening Short

Instead of the usual trailers showing before the feature, tonight we will be screening the never before seen short film GOING ONCE featuring Nicki and Brian from Whanganui's own Hayward's Auction house.

This bonus short film is a fun look at the process behind Hayward's, as described by Brian, together with Nicki's helpful wisdom.

Planned to be part of a longer feature on the business of 2nd hand sellers, it fits rather well with the theme of tonight's feature - where a lucky punter buys a box of 'rubbish' that turns out to be photographic gold.

Don't miss your chance to see Whanganui's own Hayward's Auctions on the big screen, included for free with your ticket for Finding Vivian Maier, starting promptly at 6:30pm after Kevin's H&S welcome!

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

Thursday 3 June 6:30pm

PG

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Friday 4 June 6:30pm

AMMONITE Friday 4 June 6:30pm R16 Sex scenes & nudity
The work of early fossil hunters was tough, but so are historically forbidden relationships, both are explored in intimate detail in this adult love story.

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In 1840s England, an infamous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

  • Director: Francis Lee (2020)
  • Rated: R16 Sex scenes and nudity
  • Genre: Drama Biography Romance (2h)

AMMONITE

Friday 4 June 6:30pm

R16 Sex scenes & nudity

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Thursday 10 June 6:30pm

PECKING ORDER Thursday 10 June 6:30pm PG Coarse language
How much work is involved in preparing a chicken for show?

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Fierce rivalries, club infighting, problematic birds and irregular judging are just some of the challenges faced by a group of zealous Kiwi chicken breeders hell bent on victory at the 2015 National Poultry Show.

  • Director: Slavko Martinov (2017)
  • Rated: PG Coarse Language.
  • Genre: Documentary (1h 30m)

PECKING ORDER

Thursday 10 June 6:30pm

PG Coarse language

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Friday 11 June 6:30pm

THE FESTIVAL Friday 11 June 6:30pm R16 Sex scenes, sexual content, drug use & offensive language.
Someone once said that breaking up is hard work. Imagine how much harder it becomes when it involves teenagers, a music festival, and plenty of mud.

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After Nick’s girlfriend dumps him, his best mate Shane has the perfect antidote to his break-up blues: three days at an epic music festival.

  • Director: Iain Morris (2019)
  • Rated: R16 Sex scenes, sexual content, drug use and offensive language.
  • Genre: Comedy (1hr 38min)

THE FESTIVAL

Friday 11 June 6:30pm

R16 Sex scenes, sexual content, drug use & offensive language.

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Thursday 17 June 6:30pm

ONE OCEAN FILM TOUR 2021 Thursday 17 June 6:30pm Exempt
A huge amount of work goes into protecting our oceans. Confluence is proud to be screening this year's Ocean Day Film Tour.

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The One Ocean Film Tour presented by Blancpain is a world-class series of ocean-loving films focused on adventure, the aquatic environment and inspirational stories. This year’s tour features 7 short films including ocean conservation, surfing, diving, exploration and much, much more.

  • Director: Various (2021)
  • Rated: Exempt
  • Genre: Documentary (90m in total)

ONE OCEAN FILM TOUR 2021

Thursday 17 June 6:30pm

Exempt

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As well as support Adventure Films in their work, we will also be donating our profits from this evening to Kiwi's Against Seabed Mining (KASM) to help with their ongoing legal battle against Trans Tasman Resources.

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Friday 18 June 6:30pm

GRINGO Friday 18 June 6:30pm R16 Violence, offensive language & sex scenes.
They say that bringing a new product to the market place is hard work. How much harder is that work when the product involves drug cartels, crime barons, kidnappers, and ransoms?

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GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

  • Director: Nash Edgerton (2018)
  • Rated: R16 Violence, offensive language and sex scenes.
  • Genre: Comedy (1h 58m)

GRINGO

Friday 18 June 6:30pm

R16 Violence, offensive language & sex scenes.

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Thursday 24 June 6:30pm

NATIONAL GALLERY Thursday 24 June 6:30pm Exempt
An incredible amount of work goes into running any public gallery. When that gallery is the National Gallery in London, home of many of the world's masterpieces, it takes so much more work!

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Acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman's film will be our final Thoughtful Thursday film screened in Watt Street. His monumental epic, NATIONAL GALLERY screens on Thursday 24 June and as it is longer than most documentaries, it will be starting promptly at 6:30pm without trailers (and a unique 15 second health and safety briefing!).

To help you relax into the masterpieces on display in this sumptuous film, we will be including a drinks and toilet break intermission in the middle.

  • Director: Frederick Wiseman (2014)
  • Rated: Exempt
  • Genre: Documentary (3h plus intermission)

NATIONAL GALLERY

Thursday 24 June 6:30pm

Exempt

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Friday 25 June 6:30pm

THE FAREWELL Friday 25 June 6:30pm PG Adult themes.
All relationships require work to maintain over a lifetime. But how much work is involved in celebrating someones life, especially when they don't know it's coming to an end?

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A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

  • Director: Lulu Wang (2019)
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy Drama (1h 40m)

THE FAREWELL

Friday 25 June 6:30pm

PG Adult themes.

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We conclude our 4 years of regular cinematic screenings in our Watt Street venue with, rather fittingly, THE FAREWELL.

Join us for our final Fulfilling Friday screening at our Watt Street venue and find out more about our new venue opening soon in Confluence at The Backhouse.

So, while it maybe goodbye to Watt Street, it is also hello to a brand new space soon...keep scrolling to find out more!
We're moving here!

Confluence Cinema, Coworking and Events are moving to the Backhouse.

It's been a rewarding journey over the last 6 years, establishing Confluence up on the top floor of 15 Watt Street. Neither Melita or Kevin really knew if it would work out, and of course we're delighted it has.

"Renting an entire floor for just two people seemed silly at the time, but our property agent said there was 'something special' about this place. We still don't know what Gil was referring to exactly, but we did discover that after turning it into a combined coworking space, events venue and boutique cinema, our something special turned out to be the Whanganui community."
"We're going to need a bigger boat!"

is a famous quote from Jaws, and there is definitely more room for us at Backhouse. But for us it is also about what's in the boat, and so the wider community of business, community, and creative services planning to be in the Backhouse is an impressive opportunity we did not want to miss out on.

But being in a different, more connected space, means we will be able to provide more co-working desks, more art-house and more documentary film screenings, plus more learning and community events.

What is the Backhouse?

The Backhouse is an iconic Whanganui building. Built in 1926 and pictured here on this 1970's townscape postcard. It is the 3 story building in the lower right corner, occupying an entire block on Taupo Quay and the bottom of Drews Avenue.

Reported in the Chronicle at the time it was opened as being “outstanding” and “a conspicuous signal” of development in the city..

Planning is already underway to have Confluence up and running at the Backhouse in July. As with any major project like this there could be unforeseen delays along the way, and of course we are aiming to keep any disruption to regular events like our cinema screenings to a minimum.

Our July newsletter will include a review of our time at Watt Street, as well as more news of what we're looking forward to!

  • Postcard reproduced under Creative Commons.
  • Acknowledgements also to the Built Heritage Inventory Register No. 381
Remember Confluence will still be at 15 Watt Street address throughout June. You can visit us during working hours, or contact us on (06) 2813474 or email events@confluence.kiwi
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All film photos and synopsis text reproduced under individual screening licences from official publicity stills. Newspaper image by Pexels - "bundle jute rope newspaper". 1970s Postcard of Whanganui reproduced under Creative Commons licence as copyright unknown. All other photos, text, and content copyright Double Farley Ltd.