Tag Archives: auckland

2001: A Space Odyssey

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey on the magnificent big screen this Autumn!

The film charts the “progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter” describes Geoff Andrew of the British Film Institute. “A cinematic milestone, and a huge influence on the development of the sci-fi genre.

Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic demands the biggest screens on earth!

Regent, Dunedin

Friday April 17 at 4.15 pm

Sunday April 19 at 6.15 pm

Civic, Auckland

Thursday April 16 at 3.00 pm

Thursday April 16 at 8.45 pm

Sunday April 19 at 6.15 pm

Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch

Sunday May 17 at 5.30 pm

Embassy, Wellington

Saturday May 16 at 5.30 pm

Sunday May 17 at 5.30 pm

Every year in the four main centres, the organisers of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) present NZIFF Autumn Events, a short series of new and classic films. For further info about this film, the full programme and ticketing details, visit www.nziff.co.nz/2015-autumn-events

ARA – a sci fi movie

ARA is a indie self funded sci fi feature shot in Auckland New Zealand. It is currently in post production and seeking VFX Artists to help us speed up the post production process.
VFX COMPOSITORS:
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Our Post Production Team are Looking for VFX Co-Ordinator/Supervisor & 3DVFX Compositors…More details at the link below:
Stage32 Link :

ABOUT ARA
(Artificial Reconstructive Anomaly) :
ARA (translates in other languages) – Path, Road, Awake, Arise, Watch

YOUR MIND IS THE PERFECT PRISON

ARA is a Sci-Fi Thriller about a time of global transition, shifting alliances, a mass awakening of consciousness & ARA is the key.The man who gave ARA purpose is Jason, a grieving father and husband who happens to be biotech software engineer genius trapped in his own mind. He is trying to save his daughter Sam(Samara) from a fate soon to be the same as his recently departed wife. The world he knew is not the same any more. His creation ARA, himself and his daughter Sam(Samara) are in the hands of C.O.M.A. Corporation. The only reason Jason and Sam are still alive is because C.O.M.A Corp needs something else from them. But for how long they can stay alive? In which way the scales of reality will tip?

ARA Facebook Page: GIVE US A LIKE…
https://www.facebook.com/ARAMOVIE

ARA IMDb Page:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2606194/combined

ARA Twitter Page:
https://twitter.com/ARATheMovie

Laini Taylor touring NZ in late August

She will be doing events in Auckland and in
Christchurch 27 August – 31 August, and will be appearing multiple times
at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014
http://wordchristchurch.co.nz/.

Laini is the bestselling pink-haired author of the Daughter of Smoke and
Bone Trilogy. The YA fantasy series (also devoured by adults) includes
the books /Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight
/and//the highly anticipated conclusion, /Dreams of Gods and Monsters/
which was released earlier this year. The series follows Karou, a
blue-haired art student and monster’s apprentice, caught between this
world and the underworld.

DUFF Delegate visiting Auckland

The 2014 Down Under Fan Fund delegate is paying Auckland a visit on her way through to attend the Aussie natcon. Juanita Coulson is an American fan who will be in Auckland from the 2nd to the 5th June. Her DUFF statement includes the following lines “Have done fanzines, filksinging, pro writing. Happy to make friends and break stereotypes.” If you would like to catch up with this “treasure” of American fandom, please get in touch with Jan Butterworth who is coordinating local fan activities for Juanita’s visit.

Retrospace has moved

A heads up for Aucklanders that Retrospace sci-fi collectibles has moved.

The new store is at 22 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, right next door to Paper Plus. The shop is open 10am-5pm, 7 days.

To celebrate its re-opening this weekend, “treats” will be handed out to any one who comes along dressed in a sci-fi / gaming / horror costume.

Pop Kultcha Market Day

We got this message from the organisers of this SF themed event:
“We are holding a market day Sunday October 13th with a TV and movie spin on Sci-Fi and fantasy content. We will also have an original Prop display of the Planet of the Apes films and both a Dalek and R2-D2 present with more news to come. We also have a Movie theatre attached to the venue on which we should be playing Sci-Fi related programming. The venue where this is held is the Rose Centre in Belmont , on the North Shore in Auckland. As the time approaches we will be making updates and more information on what is happening on the day.”

You can see more at their facebook page.

Stella 459 — A Steampunk Film

Jonathon Rayner-Burt is the director of a Steampunk/sci-fi short film project called Stella 459 (www.stella459.com).
The teaser trailer for this this is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOxv4-eJ1cY
With casting well underway, Stella 459 plans to shoot this in November of this year.  As the project did not qualify for public funding, they are hitting the fundraising trail hard in order to raise the capital required for props, wardrobe and set construction.
In Auckland on September 1st Stella 459 are running a Steampunk themed High Tea event at the historic Ferndale House to help with this.
Please visit their website for more information and for contribution details.

Dinner with Jay Lake

Jay Lake is visiting New Zealand in August and you are invited to come to his open dinners. Jay is a Hugo and Nebula nominated author who has not been to New Zealand since 2010 and will not likely return, so please join him for an evening of fun. Bring books to sign, cameras to record, etc.

 Wellington  at 6pm on 8 August in The Gallery at The Southern  Cross in Te Aro.

Auckland at 6pm on 13 August at Gilbraith’s Alehouse in Grafton.

These events are pay your own way, but the menus offer a diverse range.

For more information about Jay, see his website.

Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe

Thousands of years in the future, the crew of the Time-ship Mayflower, need a hero yesterday!Enter Keanu Reeves – less cool-breeze-over-the-mountains / more solar-wind-between-the-ears.

Keanu Reeves Saves the Universe is a twisted, bawdy, silly, romp through your favorite science fiction tales where time isn’t the only thing that’s warped! This raucous, irreverent satire illegally marries The Matrix with Star Trek, Star Wars and all things Keanu. What happens next is… well… lots of stuff.

Direct (via Borg storage) from New York’s off-off Broadway P.I.T theatre, Keanu Reeves Saves The Universe boldly goes where it’s never been before – New Zealand.

  • Venue:

    Basement Theatre

    Lower Greys Ave
    Auckland CBD

  • Prices*:

    $15-$20

    * Booking fees may apply

Info here.

Raymond E Feist in Auckland 19 June

Further to yesterday’s post, there is also going to be a Raymond E Feist event in Auckland.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Raymond E. Feist and hear what it is like to write The Magician’s End, the final book of a series that has occupied his life for more than thirty years.

Entry to this event is free and every person who attends is in with a chance to win an advanced proof signed by Raymond E. Feist himself!

WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE
Whare Room, Auckland City Library,
46 Lorne Street.
Doors open at 6pm.

WHO, ME. in Auckland for NZ Comedy Fest…just this week!

Update on comedy gig:  tickets for Friday and Saturday are on offer.

WHO, ME. in Auckland for NZ Comedy Fest…just this week!

‘WHO, ME.’ Is on at the NZ Comedy Festival (Auckland) this week at The Basement on Greys Ave at 8:30pm from Tuesday 7th to Saturday the 11th.

WHO, ME is about Rob Lloyd’s obsession with the TV show Dr Who and The Doctor is put on trial to see whether he has enhanced or ruined his life.

The link to the NZ Comedy Festival page is here.

Rob has offered 7 FREE doubles passes for Opening Night on Tuesday May 7th and 5 FREE double passes for Wednesday May 8th.   Email me at press@sffanz.org.nz with the day you are interested in.

Please circulate round your networks.

Words on the Wind – Auckland

Further to the announcement of the Wellington Words on the Wind event, there is also an Auckland version of the event.

What – 5 Local Specfic authors introducing their work
When – Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:30pm until 8:00pm
Where – Mangere Bridge Library
Entry – Free
Info – Facebook Page.
Who
   – Grant Stone
   – Lila Richards
   – Grace Bridges
   – Darian Smith
   – Elaine King

The Ideas Clinic

Think you don’t have a fresh project idea for 2013?  Think again.

This short, sharp creative workout uses dynamic brainstorming techniques to help you generate new ideas, test them out and start expanding the ONE that excites you the most. Participants generate ideas, explore which ideas engage other people and decide which idea to pursue further.

Who’s it for? Creatives, planners, writers. Anyone who needs
a creative boost or new project ideas for 2013.

What do I bring? Pen and paper.
Do I have to share my work? No, but you’ll get more out of it if you do.
Is there a coffee break? Yes!

When: Saturday, 23 February 2013, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: General Registration $80 (incl. GST)

For more information contact: kathryn@kathryn-burnett.com

Book here.

KICK START: WRITING WORKSHOP

Keen to get your 2013 writing project started?
This stimulating one day workshop gets your next writing project on the page. Using brainstorming and writing techniques this workshop helps you get your project out of your head and onto the page.

Participants will explore their story, create plot, get down a basic structure and develop characters. Come armed with your idea and prepare to start writing. Be warned – this isn’t about writing theory – there will be brain sweat!

Who’s it for? Any writer (new or advanced) who is serious about getting their project up and running. But if you’re after a “basics of writing” class this probably isn’t for you.

What should I bring? Pen and paper.
Is there morning tea? Yes! Morning and afternoon tea are provided.
Plus: This workshop offers a two for one discount. Book this
workshop AND The Ideas Clinic workshop on the previous
day and get $20.00 cash back.

When: Sunday, 24th February 2013, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: General Registration $175 (incl. GST).  Student/Industry Guild Discounted tickets $155 (incl. GST).

Book here.

Beginner’s Guide To Screenwriting

Busting to write for the big screen?  Beginner’s Guide is an intensive two day workshop that demystifies the basics of screenwriting and gets your idea up and running.

Tutor Kathryn Burnett takes participants through the how and why of writing for film including premise, plot, story structure, formatting, dialogue, character and the visual grammar of screenplays.    NB: This is the last workshop of the year!

Kathryn is a screenwriter, playwright, lecturer and script consultant who has worked in the film and television industry for over 17 years.  She has designed this course specifically for beginners and industry professionals looking to up skill.

When: November 3 & 4th 2012

Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Cost: $245.00 (gst incl) – bookings absolutely essential.  Numbers limited.

Bookings or further info contact: kathryn@kathryn-burnett.com

http://www.kathryn-burnett.com/

Update to The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The email address to reply to is: secretary@sffanz.org.nz

Jan

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Anyone else interested?

We need 7 more to get the discount.

What drives so many people to leave behind everything they know to journey alone to a land where the future is unknown? Fleeing an oppressive force and leaving behind his wife and child, a man travels vast oceans in search of a better life. He encounters indecipherable languages, peculiar customs, curious animals and dazzling architecture. Baffled and bewildered, he endeavours to find a home, a job and the security he needs to reunite his family.
 

Adapted from the graphic novel by 2011 Academy Award winner Shaun Tan, The Arrival features no English language. Instead it brings Shaun’s wordless worlds to life with a highly physical cast, puppetry, music, and shadow play.  Suitable for 12 years and above, The Arrival, sends hearts and imaginations to a land of flying ships, strange birds and travelling balloons.

SFFANZ have organized discounted tickets to one of  New Zealand theatre’s most stunning and innovative works, returning to Auckland for three shows only!

Tickets are for the best seats in the house – $40.00 for adults, $20.00 for students/seniors.

The Arrival is on at the Aotea Centre on; Fri 13 Jul 7.30pm, Sat 14 Jul 7.30pm, Sun 15 Jul 4pm.

To take advantage of this price we need a minimum of 10 people.  Please email me by next Thursday 4pm if you wish to attend, state which performance(s) you can attend.

Like Shaun’s graphic novel the show is entirely visual. There is a rich sound scape but no English language. It is a very unique theatre experience and very accessible if people are not used to going to the theatre.

Jan Butterworth

Secretary/Press Officer

SFFANZ

 

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

What drives so many people to leave behind everything they know to journey alone to a land where the future is unknown? Fleeing an oppressive force and leaving behind his wife and child, a man travels vast oceans in search of a better life. He encounters indecipherable languages, peculiar customs, curious animals and dazzling architecture. Baffled and bewildered, he endeavours to find a home, a job and the security he needs to reunite his family.
 

Adapted from the graphic novel by 2011 Academy Award winner Shaun Tan, The Arrival features no English language. Instead it brings Shaun’s wordless worlds to life with a highly physical cast, puppetry, music, and shadow play.  Suitable for 12 years and above, The Arrival, sends hearts and imaginations to a land of flying ships, strange birds and travelling balloons.

SFFANZ have organized discounted tickets to one of  New Zealand theatre’s most stunning and innovative works, returning to Auckland for three shows only!

Tickets are for the best seats in the house – $40.00 for adults, $20.00 for students/seniors.

The Arrival is on at the Aotea Centre on; Fri 13 Jul 7.30pm, Sat 14 Jul 7.30pm, Sun 15 Jul 4pm.

To take advantage of this price we need a minimum of 10 people.

Please email me at secretary@sffanz.org.nz by next Thursday 4pm if you wish to attend.  State which performance(s) you can attend.

Like Shaun’s graphic novel the show is entirely visual. There is a rich sound scape but no English language. It is a very unique theatre experience and very accessible if people are not used to going to the theatre.

Jan Butterworth

Secretay/Press Officer

SFFANZ

 

Attention Steampunkers!

Entry to Auckland’s MOTAT is free for the month of June.

See here for details.