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Events of an SF/F/H Nature

Wonderland – Take Alice’s Journey

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books are a proto-fantasy classic. This is just a reminder that the Wonderland Exhibition at Te Papa is currently running. The exhibition finishes on Sunday March 8.

This is from the advertising material…
Curiouser and curiouser! This summer, come with Alice on an adventure in Wonderland – an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories. Where will the Hallway of Doors lead you?

Explore Alice’s journey from book to screen, through original picture books, magic lanterns, and more than 40 films and 30 television programmes. Then join an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes alive with digital wizardry.

You’re bound to get lost on the way. Squeeze into a tiny house, climb a giant chair to peek into Alice’s room, and post your soldier avatar on the Queen’s croquet ground.

The closer you look, the more you’ll discover – not everything is what it seems!

Auckland Fringe Benefits

The Auckland Fringe is happening. And as is our way at SFFANZ News we (well one of us) trawls through all the events looking for things that might appeal to the SF/F/H fans out there. Sometimes that can be a bit of a hopeless task, but for the Fringe we found some stuff that might be of interest. Except, well, we aren’t too sure. Is really genre stuff or does it just hint at it a bit? We aren’t sure.

First up is Can I Get An Underground Location and a Mythical Creature? Its on at several venues so check the main festival page for all the events. This item is certainly geeky and has a fantasy aspect, but is it our genre?

But then there is Carcinus Rex – a crab on an epic quest. And what about The Grin Reaper – is that of relevance?

Seriously, we really want to know. What sort of event should we be highlighting? Have we set the bar too high or too low? And more importantly, have we missed anything?

New Zealand Festival of the Arts – a Game

The programme for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts is up. Every year, we here at SFFANZ News play a little game – we try to spot how many sf/f/h genre related events there are – then we post them here. But this year, we thought we would leave it to you. So have a browse and let us know in the comments which events you think could be considered part of our genre.

We found 2 or 3 which could be considered as being in our genre – at a stretch. But we are sure you can do better. But don’t bother using the “genre” dropdown filter – the festival doesn’t consider us.

A reminder that if you don’t find anything to suit your tastes there, there are still tickets for a Conversation with Margaret Atwood available.

Kapcon 2020

KapCon 29 in 2020 is on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of January – i.e. Wellington anniversary weekend.

KapCon is a not-for-profit role-playing game convention run annually in Wellington, New Zealand, every January. It is a weekend of role-playing, in a diverse range of styles and systems. Over the weekend, more than 30 individual games are run, with volunteer GMs (or storytellers, narrators or facilitators) running games between one and six times over the course of the convention.

Since this is an SF/F/H news blog we would be remiss if we didn’t note that there will be a good number of genre related storylines among the games. More details on their web site.

Margaret Atwood Event – Ticket Presale

In Conversation with Margaret Atwood is an event happening in Wellinton and Auckland on 10 & 11 Feb 2020 respectively. The promoters describe it as an “unmissable evening of conversation, discussion and Q & A with one of the most vital authors of her generation, as Margaret Atwood shares her signature insight, humour and intellect.”

The Ticketmaster Presale for this event starts at 12:00pm noon Monday 25 November, and ends at 10:59am Friday 29 November 2019, strictly subject to availability. The bookings link is https://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/margaret-atwood-tickets/artist/757852

A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas

Basement Theatre returns with its annual Christmas Show and this year it has an SF theme.

It’s day one hundred and something of orbiting the earth and things are pretty dull aboard the International Space Station. All there is to do is eat freeze-dried space pav, hook up with each other and squabble over who deserves the highly coveted role of Captain of the ship. But, when the crew discover the hidden agenda of one of their fellow space colleagues, chaos ensues. Will this ragtag bunch of dysfunctional cosmonauts be able to perform a Christmas miracle and save humankind?

A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas invites you aboard for a space adventure starring a killer cast alongside some of Aotearoa’s most beloved household names and local celebs. It’s going to be out of this world!

The season begins its Auckland run on 21st Nov and runs through to 20th Dec. You can find all the details here – https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2019/nov/a-fricken-dangerous-space-mas

NZ Made SF Feature Film Screenings

The Synopsis:
In a harsh futuristic reality, a young teenage girl sets out on an isolated journey to test if her memories and dreams can be trusted.

The Project:
Made by Julia Reynolds, the project was developed with community involvement in mind. Along the way it has utilised a number of first timers as extras. ‘Shepherd’ called on friends, family, colleagues; any and all community and industry networks that the production team could muster. Alongside the project, Julia’s doctoral thesis was based around the film, examining the relationship between a community based approach to filmmaking and industry based model.

The Screenings:
Auckland Academy Cinema,12 Nov 6pm
Wellington Lighthouse Cuba, 14 Nov 6pm
Christchurch Lumière Cinema, 27 Nov, 6.30pm

The Contact details:
http://shepherdfilm.nz/