Aug 4, 6, 7: Movies at the Old School with first screening of THE GREAT MAIDEN’S BLUSH

Thursday 4 August, 7pm, Saturday 6 August, 8pm & Sunday 7 August, 4.30pm

Saturday 6 August 4pm PG

Saturday 6 August 2pm PG

at Raglan Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart St.

For more info and to reserve seats go to

THE GREAT MAIDEN’S BLUSH is the story of two first-time single mothers – one a girl racer, the other a pianist and gardener – share a room in a post-natal ward after the birth of their babies.

Bunny is serving a sentence for killing a man during an illicit street car race. With no father or family on the scene, she will have to give up her baby for adoption when she returns to prison. Aila too, is facing the prospect of losing her child: her much longed-for baby requires major heart surgery, and may not survive the operation.

Henry (Carl Drake) and Aila (Renee Lyons) in Great Maiden’s Blush.
Henry (Carl Drake) and Aila (Renee Lyons) in Great Maiden’s Blush.

As the pair face the challenges of new motherhood, a precarious friendship develops, which helps them confront their pasts and find a way forward.

This is a story of compassion and love and friendship, of overcoming adversity however heart-rending the journey, and most of all of the redemptive power of truth.

“Wonderful performances, cinematography and music. I was moved and absorbed as the stories of the two young mothers emerge. What a beautiful film! Bravo!” Jenny Pattrick, author The Denniston Rose.

“This is a sinuous, clever, ambitious, nuanced, layered and gorgeously assembled film. Pay The Great Maiden’s Blush the attention it deserves and you’ll be rewarded with one of the most beautifully photographed, best sounding and best written films you’ll see all year. Bravo.” 4.5/5 stars.

Drama, Festival & Independent | 108mins | Rating: M Offensive language & adult themes | New Zealand.

Refreshments, popcorn and delicious homemade snacks on sale. Wine and beer available when we have a license.

Adults $14, Concession $12, Children $8. Door sales from 30 minutes before screening time.

To reserve seats go to

Raglan Old School Arts Centre phone 825 0023, email

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