This is an open night at which non-members are welcome with admission by donation/koha at the door. Members are invited to bring along friends, family members, colleagues etc.
Presented by the Consular Office of Japan, South Island JET-Alumni Association, Monbukagakusho Scholarship-Alumni Association and The Japan Foundation, in conjunction with the Canterbury Film Society.
Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, this is an animated film telling the story of 14-year-old Seita and his 4-year-old sister, Setsuko, and their quest to survive in wartime Kobe, following the death of their mother and destruction of their home.
Described by critics as powerful, profound and emotional, “Grave of the Fireflies” was directed by Isao Takahata in 1988 and is a Japanese production with a running time of 89 minutes. The censorship rating is M (adult themes).
Go to the CFS website to view film trailer, read reviews and for more information about the film.
The Canterbury Film Society offers weekly screenings of top-quality arthouse, international, local, rare and classic feature films, documentaries and more. Full membership provides access to all screenings during our February–November season in the Philip Carter Family Auditorium at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, for under $4 per film!
We welcome new members of all ages and provide a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with drinks and snacks for purchase and opportunities to socialise each Monday night. We run a carefully curated programme over nine months, each film introduced by a guest presenter.
We run DVD swap nights, coffee and chat sessions after some films, and regular Open Nights (ie non-members welcome) so you can come along and sample our wares, or bring other people along. We work hard to captivate, inform and inspire film buffs as well as those on the hunt for alternatives to mainstream cinema. We’re quite literally the best-kept film screening secret in town!
The 2019 35-film season runs on Mondays, beginning at 7.30pm, from 18 February to 11 November (except public holidays and Mondays that coincide with the NZ International Film Festival). Three events are double features.
See our website or pick up a brochure from the Christchurch Art Gallery or a public library to read about the Society and the 2019 programme, including our Open Events at which non-members are welcome.
The Open Events, listed below, are by donation/koha unless indicated otherwise:
- Monday 18 March at 7.30pm, “Grave of The Fireflies”
- Monday 20 May at 7.30pm, “Western”
- Monday 24 June at 7.30pm, “A German Youth”
- Monday 14 October at 7.30pm, “The Flight of the Te Hookioi” and “Allan Baldwin In Frame”
- Monday 31 October at 7.30pm, “Suspiria” and “Re-animator” (Halloween Spook-Night Special double feature). Tickets $10; drinks $5; fangs optional!
Doors are always open at 7pm for socialising and $5 and $2 drinks. Home baking is sold for $2. Membership can be purchased online or at the venue on the night (be there by 7.15pm). Metered street parking is free after 6pm. The CAG carpark is currently free for the first hour, then $1 per half hour or part thereof.
Annual membership runs for 12 months from the date of joining and is $132 for a full new member, discounted membership is $122, tertiary student membership is $70 and youth membership (13–18 years of age) is only $50.
This year we are also offering two half-year membership options from Feb–Jun and Jul–Nov for $70. Full membership entitles members to discounted IFF events and free entry to screenings at all 13 Societies nationwide.
Our three-film $30 Flexi-Pass membership is also very popular. This has no expiry date and can be used for entry to three events of your choice or shared amongst friends.
Visit the website to sign up for email updates, join the Canterbury Film Society online or for Membership Secretary contact details.
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