weekend’s hot picks

Well! what a weekend line up of exciting arty things to do in Dunedin…many of them happening at the same time, so some tough decisions need to be made!

I spent the evening at the Opening Film The Grocer’s Son at the Regent Theatre as part of The World Cinema Showcase 2009. I love this time of year – I love films, and I love going to the cinema. And it truly is a wonderful experience seeing films at The Regent (as long as you know which are the good seats!).
In doing so (thanks J for the free ticket) I gave up the opportunity to go to the talk at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (DPAG).

Tomorrow (Fri) evening, I’ll be enjoying the opening of our new building and gallery space at the School of Art (Otago Polytechnic), and then hopefully on to the DPAG for the opening of the Di ffrench exhibition, welcome the new director Elizabeth Caldwell.

Di ffrench | The Useful Idiot and Arnolfini’s Hat | 1984 | cibachrome |
Collection Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Saturday holds a talk at the DPAG at 3pm by Anne Kirker about Di ffrench and the excellent looking  film:
JCVD at the Regent
This film is a must for anyone looking at the efect the media plays in our lives, our society and our understanding of the private lives, of our oh so public celebrities. And let’s face it, how can you resist when this has been written about it?
“Jean-Claude Van Damme kicks his own ass.”
— Richard Corliss, Time

And Sunday rounds up my weekend with the film The Class “winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Film at Cannes in 2008 and featured on virtually every international critic’s Ten-Best list.”
Not that I’m swayed by fancy accolades – I’m going because it’s a  “fizzing blend of documentary authenticity and dramatic effect”.

Have a great weekend!


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