A great crowd totaling over 40’000 people watched the successful series in 2016. So it was a ‘no-brainer’ for many local boards to keep those popular events running. Again there are 22 parks staging 22 different movies from Waiuku in the south to Albany in the North and from Beachlands to Henderson covering the Auckland Region.
The program is again diverse, with a bulk of family flicks. But again, with ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘Born to Dance’, there are two local productions in the line up.
“The Event Delivery of the Auckland Council’s Community Development, Arts & Culture Department has done again the hard work in co-coordinating the wishes of the now 22 local boards involved and managing a great program”, comments Urs Bauer, Director of Open-Air Cinema Ltd. “It’s fantastic to see how our event grew from a couple of short film nights at Vicotria Park in 2007 to this wonderful event”, adds the initiator of the event, which now is going into it’s 10th season.
For the eight time in a row, the Kowhai Festival is organising a Movie Night for families with a free film for all. This year, the venue is again at Shoesmith Domain and the date is set for Saturday, 15 October. The committee has chosen the very popular Kiwi film ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ from director Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs Shark). The movie starts at 8pm while there will be some relaxing music and a coffee stall from 7pm. Families are welcome to bring their own picnic. As the ground might still be a bit damp it’s probably a good idea to bring a chair or some seating as well as some warm clothes.
Presented by Barfoot & Thompson Warkworth
For the first time the Kowhai Festival Movie Night is presented by Barfoot & Thompson Warkworth. Saull Hinton (Branch manager Warkworth and Mangawhai) sees the support as part of their involvement in the community of the region. ‘It’s awesome to have Barfoot & Thompson on board to support this great community event, which is also supported by the Rodney Local Board’, said Urs Bauer, organiser of the screening and member of the committee.
The biggest outdoor screen in New Zealand
The Warkworth based company, Open-Air Cinema Ltd., is again in charge of the show with the biggest outdoor screen in the country, which is 18m wide and 11m high. The company was established in 2003 and was the first big screen outdoor exhibitor in the country. They initiated and deliver the Auckland Council Movies in Parks series, which attracts tens of thousands of residents each year. Their summer program will be published on www.openair.nz or like them on facebook.com/openairNZ.
Openair Cinema is proud to announce the screening of the first Bollywood film on the biggest outdoor screen in the country. The legendary ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ directed by Aditya Chopra is shown on Saturday, 2 April 2016 at Three Kings Reserve in Auckland.
‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ became the highest grossing Bollywood film in 1995, and one of the most successful films of all time in India. It won 10 Filmfare Awards, the most for a single film at that time, and won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Its soundtrack album became one of the most popular of the 1990s.
Many critics praised the film, which connected with different segments of society by simultaneously promoting strong family values and the following of one’s own heart. Its success led other film makers to target the non-resident Indian audience, which was deemed more lucrative for them. It spawned many imitations of its story and style, and homages to specific scenes. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was one of only three Hindi films in the reference book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. It is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema. As of 2015, almost 20 years after its first release, it is still being shown at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.
The screening is free and part of Humm Fm’s Holi Festival, which starts at 1pm and runs throughout the afternoon.