Film still from <em>Wendy</em>

Film still from Wendy

Wendy

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020
  • Thu 30 Jul 2020
  • 5—7:05PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • Ticket prices for the Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival -
  • Len Lye Centre Screenings:
  • Adults: $15.00
  • Concession: $12.00
  • Students: $12.00
  • Seniors: $12.00
  • Child: $12.00

This swirling, kaleidoscopic take on the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland is uniquely for both mature kids and wide-eyed adults.

The eight long years since Benh Zeitlin’s magical first film landed countless awards and four Oscar nominations have created both buzz and speculation, owing to the mythic status a project by a director of Zeitlin’s instant acclaim deserves. His adaptation of the classic J.M. Barrie tale, at last complete, is every bit the original, defiantly alternative reimagining we expected – and just maybe, is destined for cult status.

Centred on a hardscrabble Louisiana family, the film introduces young Wendy (Devin France), whose obsession with a mysterious boy seen leaping between railcars compels her to jump aboard a train with her twin brothers, where they meet the one and only Peter Pan (Yashua Mack). Whisked off to a strange volcanic island, the kids revel in an untamed landscape that promises they’ll never grow old. Dancing between images of Disney-like wonder, scenes of salty mischief-making (reminiscent of The Florida Project) and darker encounters that may frighten younger viewers, it’s a film that plays to its own beat, rebelling against the conventional wisdom of what a Peter Pan story should look, sound and feel like, to be precisely the thing it wants to be.

112 mins | 2020 | US | Rating: M 

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Film still from <em>Wendy</em>

Film still from Wendy

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