To celebrate being able to return to the cinema, Doc Edge and Auckland Live will present three extraordinary film premieres for one day only at The Civic on Sunday 22 November, and one of the films is free.
Three docos, one glorious day in The Civic. Doc Edge and Auckland Live present Doc Edge at The Civic.
The Apollo, 1pm - Free
Kicking off the day is a FREE screening of the 2020 Emmy Award-nominated film The Apollo, thanks to HBO Films and multi award-winning director, Roger Ross Williams. Chronicling the rich history and legacy of the New York City landmark, this is the perfect film to see in New Zealand’s most celebrated theatre.
The Apollo is renowned for having influenced American and pop culture more than any other entertainment venue - launching the careers of so many artists from Louis Armstrong to Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.
There is a feast of archival footage plus interviews with past and present performers from Stevie Wonder to LL Cool J, Chris Rock, Pharrell Williams, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson. A 13-year-old Lauryn Hill is seen being booed, David Chappelle explains that Amateur Night audiences prepared him to face harsh criticism, and Ella Fitzgerald talks about her first time singing in a bid to please a vicious crowd.
"It’s easy to see The Apollo for what it really is: a vibrant tribute to a venue that gave many their start when no one else would, and a triumphant celebration of Black art across genres and decades." - Vince Bellino, Daily Dot.
The Man on the Island, 3.30pm - $18*
Forty years in the making, The Man on the Island by Simon Mark Brown, makes its world premiere, telling the story of one man, Colin McLaren, 77 years old, artistic, philosophical and erudite and one tiny island, Rakino, isolated with its own small community in the Hauraki Gulf, off the grid, challenging, and stunningly beautiful.
Colin moved to the remote island thirty years ago and his path to a reclusive lifestyle unwittingly shines a light on society's current coronavirus plight.
A live Q&A with the director will be held after the film.
The Painter and the Thief, 6pm - $18*
Winner at Sundance Festival 2020, The Painter and the Thief by director Benjamin Ree is a strong Oscar-contender for 2021.
On April 20, 2015, thieves made off with two paintings by young artist Barbora Kysilkova. Rather than just cut the canvases from their frames, the thieves painstakingly removed every staple carefully, which means they had to be professionals.
Desperate for answers, Barbora tracks down and seeks out the career criminal who stole them. Unable to discover what happened to her artwork, she instead asks her thief to sit for a portrait—a request that sees the two form an improbable and inextricable bond that will forever link them.
"The year's most moving documentary..." - The Guardian.
*Service fees may apply. Early booking is recommended.