Film buffs well catered for


THE Invercargill Film Society has launched this year’s season at SIT Centrestage Theatre.

Founded more than 30 years ago, the society screened a variety of high-quality movies, foreign films, indie and art house titles throughout most of the year.

President Julie Jack said the society showed a mix of films which were not necessarily shown at Reading Cinemas.

Although the society sometimes showed the same films, they focused more on film festival-type films, which were not usually shown in Invercargill, she said.

“Some were subtitled, but most were in English.”

Last year the society wasn’t able to host any films because of Covid-19 and the lockdown and had to go into recess, she said.

However, the society was keen to offer Southland audiences a broad selection of films this year, but in a slightly different format, due to the ongoing Covid-19 concerns.

The first season would be 16 films, instead of the usual 14, and membership would be offered on a season-by-season basis, instead of an annual one.

The first season was available at $100 (about $6.25 per film) to members, with casual rates of $15 per screening.

The second season would become available when the first concluded.

Most screenings would be held on Wednesdays, but any variations would be advertised.

Films began at 7pm, but the Centrestage doors opened at 6pm to allow for new members to sign up and collect their membership cards.

“We are ecstatic to be heading back to Centrestage and to be able to let the film lovers of Invercargill once again be immersed in the world of thought-provoking, beautiful and insightful cinema,” she said.

Its first screening was yesterday, Summerland, a popular film from the recent British Film Festival.

Other films in the first season included Minari, a Sundance-winning drama set in the 1980s Arkansas; Supernovawith Academy Award winner Colin Firth and Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci, and Miss Juneteenth, the winner of Best Texan Film at South by South West festival in Texas.

Patrons could either sign up at the theatre or online by going to the Invercargill Film Society Facebook page.

No refunds would be given if the season needed to be cancelled due to Covid-19 and the screenings would be reviewed throughout the year.