Film still from <em>David Bowie is</em>. Image courtesy Rialto Distribution

Film still from David Bowie is. Image courtesy Rialto Distribution

New films series at the Len Lye Centre Cinema

27 Nov 2017

Late night films on Thursdays, a David Bowie film festival in January and Māori and Pasifika films from April, are set for the big screen in the Len Lye Centre Cinema.

The 60 seat state-of-the-art cinema at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre screens arthouse, cult and experimental films, historical and contemporary artists’ moving image, as well as regular film festival programming.

On December 7 the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre launches Late Night Cinema on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm.

The first in the late night cinema line-up is the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds documentary One More Time With Feeling. The film explores the creative process of recording the 2016 studio album Skeleton Tree as Cave struggles to deal with the tragedy of his son’s accidental death.

In February the late night film is the David Lynch masterpiece, Mulholland Drive, voted as the greatest film of all time by BBC Culture in 2016.

The Bowie Film Festival coincides with the first year anniversary of the artist’s death in January. It opens on Saturday January 6, at 7pm, with the Nicolas Roeg classic The Man Who Fell to Earth.

On Thursday January 11, at 7pm, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, directed by reknown auteur D.A. Pennebaker, features Bowie’s last concert in 1973 with the Ziggy persona.

The third film in the Bowie Film Festival, David Bowie is, is based on London’s Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition that continues to tour the world to great acclaim. This screens on Sunday January 14 at 6pm.

The final film in the Bowie Film Festival is the Jim Henson classic Labyrinth, on Sunday January 28 at 1pm. All tickets to this session are at the family-friendly rate of $10 per person.

From April the cinema will show a range of Māori and Pasifika films on the first Sunday of each month as well as a variety of New Zealand films.

Since opening in July 2015, the Len Lye Centre Cinema has screened the annual Latin America and Spain Film Festival, the International Film Festival and the German Film Festival.

Regular series include the Goethe-Institut NZ German Film Series on the last Sunday of each month – free contemporary and historical films from the German speaking world. And the free British Council John Grierson Documentary Film Series screens on the second-to-last Sunday of each month at 4pm.

Kids’ Flicks, a variety of children’s films screen during the school holidays including The Magical World of Margaret Mahy and films from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision and Square Eyes New Zealand Children’s Film Foundation.

Some film screenings are free entry, while others are paid. Booking for every screening is essential at



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About Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s contemporary art museum in the coastal city of New Plymouth, Taranaki on the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. Since opening in 1970, the Gallery has dedicated itself to innovative programming, focused collection development and audience engagement. It has earned a strong reputation nationally and internationally for its global vision and special commitment to contemporary art of the Pacific Rim. The Govett-Brewster is also home to the collection and archive of the seminal modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye (1901–1980).

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery was founded with a gift to the city of New Plymouth, from one of its greatest ‘Friends’ Monica Brewster (née Govett). A globetrotter before the age of air travel, Monica Brewster envisaged an art museum for her hometown that would be an international beacon for the art and ideas of the current day – the sort she had become familiar with on her global travels.

The Govett-Brewster continues in the legacy of Monica Brewster by taking on and presenting the most provocative, audacious and confident works of art in the global arts landscape.

The greatly expanded museum re-launched on 25 July 2015 with the addition of the Len Lye Centre. With its curved exterior walls of mirror-like stainless steel, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is the country’s first example of destination architecture linked to contemporary art.

This latest addition to the Govett-Brewster – the Len Lye Centre – is home to the collection and archive of pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye.

In 1964 Len Lye said “Great architecture goes fifty-fifty with great art”.

The Len Lye Centre building, adjoining the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, is an example of innovative thinking in both engineering and architecture. The architects are Patterson Associates, one of New Zealand’s most internationally recognised architectural firms.

The exhibitions change out every four months, showing artworks and items from the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive, as well as work by related artists.

The Len Lye Centre Cinema is a state-of-the-art 62-seat theatre – a welcoming environment for audiences to experience Len Lye’s films, local and international cinema, arthouse and experimental films, and regular film festival programming.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery building in New Plymouth closed in April 2013 for earthquake strengthening, compliance, upgrades and construction of the Len Lye Centre.


About Len Lye
A visionary New Zealander, an inspirational artist, a pioneer of film; Len Lye is one of the most important and influential artists to emerge from New Zealand.

Len Lye was an experimental filmmaker, poet, painter, kinetic sculptor and creative visionary ahead of his time. Most of his works were so revolutionary that technology literally had to catch up to him – meaning much of Lye’s work was not realised in his own lifetime.

 Lye’s iconic 45-metre kinetic sculpture Wind Wand sways gently on New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway. The Wind Wand that glows red at night, is the first large outdoor sculpture to be built posthumously from his plans and drawings.

In 1977 Lye returned to his homeland to oversee the first New Zealand exhibition of his work at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. He called it the “swingiest art gallery of the antipodes”.

Shortly before his death in 1980, Lye and his supporters established the Len Lye Foundation, to which he gifted his entire collection. His collection was gifted on the condition that a suitable and permanent home be created in which his works could be fully realised.