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3rd Annual New Zealand Film Festival 2006

What Showcasing a selection of 5 films from New Zealand, both new ones and classics. Highlights include The World's Fastest Indian (starring Anthony Hopkins), Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (starring Kate Winslet), and River Queen (starring Samantha Morton and Kiefer Sutherland).
When 5 May 2006 (Friday) - 8 May 2006 (Monday)
Where GV Grand
3rd Floor
Great World City Shopping Centre
Kim Seng Road / Zion Road
(Click here for location map)

S$9.50 tickets available to the public:

S$8.50 discounted tickets available to SFS members, ONLY at the GV Grand box-office. (SFS members must produce a valid SFS membership card. Limited to one discounted ticket per member per session.)

Phone bookings are NOT available for this film festival.


Presented by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise


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I am delighted to present the third annual New Zealand Film Festival as part of the New Zealand Festival - a showcase for innovation and creativity.

I would like to thank our major sponsor, Westpac Banking Corporation for their invaluable support. Westpac is Australia's first bank and operating in New Zealand since 1861. As a wholesale bank in Singapore, it offers corporate banking services and personal multi-currency investment property loans and term deposits, and structured investment products. With 1.3 million customers in New Zealand, more than one in three New Zealanders has a banking relationship with Westpac.

After a very successful year in 2005 with the production of "King Kong" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the industry in New Zealand is already looking ahead to significant productions such as "Halo", "Water Horse" and Disney's "Bridge to Terabithia" in 2006.

Closer to home, there are several projects brewing between New Zealand and Singapore which marks the beginning of exciting new partnerships in Asia.

Last, but by no means least, I would also like to thank the support of Air New Zealand and Kenneth Tan from Golden Village and the Singapore Film Society.

Robert Skinner
Regional Sector Manager
(Creative Industries) - Asia
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise


Please contact Westpac for all your banking requirements.
Corporate and Institutional Banking: Tony Smith 6530 9839
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Screening schedule

Sessions start punctually at the stated times (there will be no trailers, unlike normal screenings).

Date Time Film
Fri 5 May 7.00pm River Queen
9.30pm No 2
Sat 6 May 4.30pm Heavenly Creatures
7.00pm The World's Fastest Indian
9.30pm The Quiet Earth
Sun 7 May 4.30pm The Quiet Earth
7.00pm River Queen
9.30pm The World's Fastest Indian
Mon 8 May 7.00pm No 2
9.30pm Heavenly Creatures

Please note that age restrictions apply for some of the following ratings:

TBA: To be announced
or General
PG: Parental Guidance required
NC16: No Children below 16 years old
M18: Mature 18 -- for persons 18 years old and above
R21: Restricted to persons 21 years old and above

Terms and Conditions for Air NZ Draw

  1. Participants must drop their name-card in the box at the New Zealand Film Festival venue between 4-8 May
  2. Participants must only enter their name-card once
  3. The prize draw will be held on 15 May 2006
  4. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash
  5. Special terms and conditions may apply in relation to the prize
  6. Prize winners will be notified by post before 31 May 2006
  7. Prize Winners must claim their prize before 30 June 2006
  8. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into with any party in relation to the prize draw
  9. Employees of Air New Zealand and New Zealand government agencies are not eligible for the prizes
  10. Organisers and sponsors of the New Zealand Film Festival may use your contact details for the promotion of events and activities in the future. If you do not wish to be on this list please send a letter to; NZTE, 391A Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, Tower A, #15-02, Singapore 238873.


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The Films


The World's Fastest Indian

The World's Fastest Indian Director/Writer: Roger Donaldson
Producers: Gary Hannam and Roger Donaldson
2005, 126 mins, PG

Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as a New Zealander (Burt Munro), a man who never let the dreams of youth fade. Burt Munro was the quintessential New Zealander. Born and raised in Invercargill, New Zealand, he dreamed of making his 1920 Indian Twin Scout the fastest bike on earth.

The World's Fastest Indian is a script based on Burt Munro's journeys to Bonneville during the 1960's. It follows the road to fulfilling a dream - and the magic in the true story of a man who believed, "If it's hard, work harder; if it's impossible, work harder still. Give it whatever it takes, but do it."

The World's Fastest Indian captures Munro with all his power, his determination, his creativity, his charm, his eccentricity - told through the eyes of a director who knew the man personally, and has never wavered from his own dream of making Munro's story.


Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures Director: Peter Jackson
Producers: Peter Jackson, James Booth
Written by: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
1994, 99 mins

Heavenly Creatures (starring Kate Winslet) is based on the true story, set in Christchurch New Zealand in 1954, of two girls, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Rieper, in one of the most bizarre and notorious criminal cases in New Zealand's history.

Both girls came from very different backgrounds but shared an outrageous love of fantasy and novel writing. The friendship quickly blossomed into an exclusive society of two, with the girls creating a complex fantasy life that included a made-up religion, Mario Lanza and a mythical kingdom.

The film is a study of an extraordinary friendship; a joyous, exhilarating relationship between two teenage girls, filled with humour, intelligence and two wonderful imaginations - and the tragic outcome of that relationship.


The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth Director: Geoff Murphy
Producer: Sam Pillsbury, Don Reynolds
After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.
1985, 126 mins

The Quiet Earth centres around a scientist called Zac (Bruno Lawrence) who wakes one morning to discover he is alone in the world. The global top-secret energy project (Operation Flashlight) which he has been working on for a year, has changed the world. Humanity seems to have been wiped out and Zac begins a search for other survivors...

The Quiet Earth is one of the great cult sci-fi movies of the 1980's which still has resonance in today's world.

What would you do if you found yourself as the last person on earth?


Number 2

Number 2 Director/Writer: Toa Fraser
Producers: Tim White, Philippa Campbell, Lydia Livingstone
2005, 93 mins, PG

The Sundance Film Festival 2006 Audience Award winner, No. 2 is the first feature film by Toa Fraser and a screen adaptation of his internationally acclaimed, award-winning stage play of the same name.

Inspired by a dream of her childhood back in Fiji, Nanna demands that her grandchildren put on a big feast at which she will name her successor.

Infused with the heat and vibrancy of the South Pacific, No.2 is a big-hearted, exuberant story about what it takes to bring family together.


River Queen

River QueenDirector: Vincent Ward
Producers: Don Reynolds, Chris Auty
Written by: Vincent Ward/Toa Fraser
2005, 126 mins, M18

Starring Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, and Cliff Curtis, River Queen is set in New Zealand in 1868. The country in the midst of a war between British settlers and the Maori tribes resisting the colonization of their lands.

At the furthest outpost, a young Irish woman's life is torn apart when her son is taken from her and brought up river by his Maori Grandfather. Unsure whether or not he is even alive she continues her search for seven long years...

Caught between two sides, River Queen tells the story of a woman's struggle to choose sides and her journey to win back her missing son.