Feilding Herald : December 8th 2011
19 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 Your Boutique Cinema and Café Experience MovieMealDeal Movie and a meal for only $30!! Applies to any movie after 5pm. Bookings Recommended. Some conditions apply Film classification symbols Unrestricted films: G Approved for general exhibition PG Parental Guidance recommended for younger viewers M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over Restricted films RP(age) Restricted to persons over the specified age unless accompanied by parent/guardian e.g. RP13, RP15 R(age) Restricted to persons over specified age e.g. R13, R16, R18 Cinemas may request proof of age ID for restricted films www.focalpointcinema.co.nz 81 Manchester St, Feilding • t: 323 0218 *SENIORS MORNINGS free morning tea with ticket purchase* Mon 12 Dec 10.30am When a City Falls, 10.45am Rest for the Wicked Tues 13 Dec 10.30am The Whistleblower 10.45am Rest for the Wicked THE FIRST GRADER 103 mins Drama/Biography **Sneak Previews** The tr ue story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. Fri 9 Dec 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Sat 10 Dec 12.30pm & 8.30pm, Sun 11 Dec 2.30pm & 6.30pm. PINA (PG) 103 mins Documentary Featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in the summer of 2009. Thurs 8 Dec 4pm, Sat 10 Dec 4.30pm, Sun 11 Dec 12.30pm, Tues 13 Dec 2.30pm, Wed 14 Dec 12.30pm. JIG (PG) Contains coarse language 99 mins Documentary The competitive Irish folk dancing scene and the children who compete within. Jig is possessed of a fierce energy -- and an agreeable warmth. Put the ferocity down to the sport in question: competitive Irish dancing in the rigorous, straight- backed, legs-of-lightning, feet-of-thunder style made famous by Michael Flatley. Thurs 8 Dec 12pm, Fri 9 Dec 2pm, Sat 10 Dec 2.30pm, Sun 11 Dec 2pm, Mon 12 Dec 12pm & 2.30pm, Tues 13 Dec 2pm, Wed 14 Dec 4.30pm. THE WHISTLEBLOWER (R16) 107 mins Action/Thriller Inspired by actual events. Kathryn Bolkovac is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a UN peacekeeping job in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up amidst an expansive human trafficking industry.As Kathryn works to divulge the scandal, the UN does its utmost to keep her quiet. Thurs 8 Dec 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Fri 9 Dec 6pm, Sat 10 Dec 6.30pm, Mon 12 Dec 12.30pm, Tues 13 Dec 10.30am, Wed 14 Dec 2.30pm & 6.30pm. DRIVE (R18) 100 mins (Contains graphic violence & offensive language) Crime/Thriller A movie stuntman who also works as a getaway driver for the mafia. When a planned heist goes wrong his employer, LA's most dangerous criminal, blames him and puts out a contract on his life. Sat 10 Dec 6pm, Sun 11 Dec 6pm, Mon 12 Dec 4pm, Wed 14 Dec 4pm. REST FOR THE WICKED (M) Contains vioilence and sexual ref. 71 mins Comedy Just your standard detective story right? No! Both men are in their 70's. A darkly comic detective story with a bittersweet twist. Thurs 8 Dec 2pm, Fri 9 Dec 12.30pm, Sat 10 Dec 4pm, Sun 11 Dec 4.30pm, Mon 12 Dec 10.45am, Tues 13 Dec 10.45am & 4pm, Wed 14 Dec 2pm. WHEN A CITY FALLS (M) 105 mins Documentary One man's journey through disaster, recovery and discovery during the 2010/11 earthquakes in Chch. Thurs 8 Dec 6pm, Fri 9 Dec 4.30pm, Sat 10 Dec 2pm & 8pm, Mon 12 Dec 10.30am, Tues 13 Dec 12pm, Wed 14 Dec 12pm & 6pm. THE ORATOR (M) contains offensive language 110 mins Drama A Samoan story about village life and conflict. Thurs 8 Dec 12.30pm & 4.30pm, Fri 9 Dec 4pm, Mon 12 Dec 2pm, Tues 13 Dec 12.30pm, Wed 14 Dec 8pm. 4156460AA Rangitikei Bulls Xmas Parade -- • Saturday 10 December at 10am Christmas Trees -- • Marton Rotary will be selling xmas trees on Saturday 10 & 17 December, 8.30am -12.30pm at St Andrews carpark, Broadway, Marton Turakina Community Christmas Carol • Service -- Sunday 11th December at St Andrews's Turakina. All Welcome. Carols at Arahina -- • Sunday 11th December, 5 -- 8pm. Arahina, 457 Wellington Rd, Marton. Mayor's Christmas Dinner • -- Sunday 25th December at 11.30am at the Marton Memorial Hall. Ph Haley Gunn (06) 327 0099 4227996AA OUT and ABOUT in... 4155347AA FILM REVIEW THE WHISTLEBLOWER Directed by Larysa Kondracki 112 mins R16 Reviewed by Laura Walters Rachel Weisz plays a Nebraska cop, Kathryn Bolkovak, who takes a job in post-war Bosnia as a United Nations peacekeeper. During her time in Bosnia she outs the UN for covering up a sex scandal involving sex slavery and human trafficking. Weisz plays an award-worthy role, carrying the film on her shoulders from start to finish. Vanessa Redgrave and David Strathairn played strong support- ing characters, but nothing com- pared to Weisz' untiring perform- ance. The film is based on real events, which were portrayed in a shockingly raw manner by writer and director Larysa Kondracki. The filmed earned its R16 rating with stomach-wrenching scenes of young women being taken advan- tage of, and tortured. While these scenes were difficult to sit through at times, especially when the tale of the main characters seemed utterly hopeless, Kondracki should be commended for attempting to realistically recre- ate the brutality women in post-war Bosnia were subjected to. The knowledge that similar events had taken place in real life, and to some degree were still happening, made it all the more disheartening. However, the film raises aware- ness of a section of the world that New Zealanders are not well informed about. The foreign language sections were in balance with the English dialogue, making The Whistleblower an easier watch than other full foreign language films. The harrowing events in the film may have been better portrayed in a documentary. But then the viewers would not have been treated to such a stunning perform- ance by Weisz, and it would have been less likely to reach the vast audiences of a well-produced film. Overall, the movie was stunningly put together, with superb acting, but at points it was hard to watch the shocking events which we are usually sheltered from. It is an horrific masterpiece, which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, but may not be too good for those with a weak stomach. Youngsters get top score Full marks: Christopher Smithers, left, was awarded the highest mark for Grade 2 with Distinction -- ABRSM (Associated Board Royal School of Music, while sister, Ainslee, right, achieved equal top mark with Merit for Grade 1 -- ABRSM. Teacher Margaret Stern is delighted for her pupils, who performed in the recent Achievers Concert in Palmerston North. Display of talent Showcase: Dance Unlimited presented its year's work this week. Senior dancer Chloe Carrodus made her final performance with the school before embarking on further dance study in Australia. Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE More than 200 dancers from Dance Unlimited showcased their year's work in front of family and friends at Feilding's Civic Centre over two nights this week. The show involved dancers from four-year- old Dancing Dots to senior dancers performing their swansongs before they leave for further study. The first half of the show was Dance Uni- verse, a ballet of junior ballet pupils (including the young Dancing Dots) with themes of countries, and outer space themes. Co-ordinating the cast through the universe was a lineup of Kiwi icons and lead dancers -- including the Silver Fern, a kiwi, and an elegant sheep. The second half was a kaleidoscope of various dance styles taught at the school, including jazz, hip-hop, and tap. Memorable performances were given by the senior dancers who were performing for the last time for what must have been an emotional event, having graced the stage with the school since they were very young dancers. Chloe Carrodus is the only pupil who has decided to further her dance study and has recently found out that she has been accepted into three dance schools in Australia. Lani Lawton has also been offered a position in a Sydney dance school which she may con- sider, having completed her year 13 at Feilding High School. Awards and trophies were presented by the dance teachers to the students and families who have assisted throughout the year. Dance Unlimited has a studio in Marton and Feilding and is run by Carmen Davidson. Further photos of the show feature on page 27.
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