Vigil

Vigil

Classic Kiwi Cinema Series: Vigil

  • Thu 15 Oct 2015
  • 6:30—8PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Bookings essential
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

Vincent Ward’s debut feature Vigil was the first NZ film selected for competition at Cannes; LA Times’ critic Kevin Thomas lauded it as “a work of awesome beauty”.

Set on a remote sheep farm, Vigil explores the psyche of, Toss, a 12-year-old girl, in the aftermath of her father’s death.  As her mother becomes involved with another man, Toss struggles to understand the strange new feelings swamping her.

This is one of the darkest coming-of-age stories ever told, the lines between sex and death blurred to a point they are barely recognizable.  Stark cinematography captures the bleakness of a landscape that perfectly matches the fractured psyches of its inhabitants. Yet at the same time, the film has its own unique beauty, a kind of blasted poetry that will leave viewers rocked to the core.

Director: Vincent Ward
Writers: Graeme Tetley, Vincent Ward
Producer: John Maynard
Key cast: Bill Kerr, Fiona Kay, Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten

New Zealand
1984
Colour
90mins

$12 I $10
Bookings essential
Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

 

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