Wednesday 3 May
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Wednesday 10 May
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, tasked overseeing the transition of British India to independence, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs. The Viceroy meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.
Wednesday 17 May
Join members of the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Show, as they battle history (and each other) in their quest for glory. Audiences will be introduced to an endearing and eclectic group of ‘chick fanciers’, each hoping to take away the top prize, including Doug the determined Club President, Rhys the young upstart, Sarah the chicken whisperer, Ian the exacting judge, Mark the voice of reason and Brian the lovable champion. ‘Pecking Order’ is a hilarious, unique, and heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which is sure to delight and surprise audiences of all ages.
Wednesday 24 May
In a small convent school in rural Quebec, Simone Beaulieu, better known as Mother Augustine, runs a convent for girls in the 1960s. There the convent provides a musical education to young women no matter what their socio-economic background. She has turned the little convent into a musical treasure where the students have won every prestigious music competition in the region.
When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent, and with the looming changes brought by Vatican II and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, the school’s future is at peril, and her world is suddenly turned upside down.
Wednesday 31 May
The story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite world of motor racing and win.
The name McLaren is synonymous with motor racing excellence and stands today as symbol for British automotive superiority, whether it's F1 or Super Cars. Yet what is less known is that McLaren Motor Racing was not the creation of an Englishman, but the creation of an ambitious young man from the other side of the world, who followed his dream and found triumphs, tragedies and ultimately a form of immortality.