July 7, 2019
Dominion 3.5/5 Stars "a respectful and insightful trip through the highs and considerable lows of life in the underfunded, underground New Zealand music scene."
NZ Herald 4/5 Stars "This is a story of a musical genius, honest and insightful and beautifully told, and rounded off with stunning images of the local landscape. If you're a fan of The Chills you'll enjoy this jaunt down memory lane, for others, it's both cautionary tale and great story."Â
Martin Phillipps came tantalizingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. At 54, heâ€™s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realise his musical ambitions before itâ€™s too late.
This intimate portrait follows the eccentric Martin as he reconciles a lifetimeâ€™s worth of curious collections, looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits and reclaims his place in the iconic Flying Nun and Dunedin sound. With a startling sense of humour even in the blackest moments, we bear witness to one manâ€™s universal battle with the fear of failure and the jarring reality of his own mortality.
Listen to the rock music that personifies 1980s New Zealand, when people loved their leather jackets and lived through the doldrums. Discover one of New Zealandâ€™s most important songwriters and the groundbreaking era that changed the way the world appreciated New Zealand music.
Directed by Julia Parnell ('Wilbur: The King in the Ring'), Rob Curry ('The Boat People', 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins')
Documentary, Music, Festival & Independent|Â 95 mins M Offensive language & drug references | New Zealand
Our theatre is cosy and inviting. 2K Digital Projection with Dolby 5.1 Audio.
Our volunteers open the theatre doors and box office 30 minutes before the start time of each session.
Door sales if available from 30 minutes before the start of each session. If you want to check if seats are available phone 825 0023, from 30 minutes before the start of each session.
Due to our small capacity we recommend that reserves are made using the web reservation system as shown below.
There are no allocated seats. Arrive early to get the seat that's right for you from our eclectic collection of couches, reception and other chairs.
There is a cafe with juice, Bundaberg drinks, popcorn plus yummy food on sale. Most sessions are licensed with wine, cider and beer available.
Pay at the door by cash or EFTPOS.
The office is usually open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 2pm for pre-purchase of tickets or to pay for reserves.
We accept online reserve requests up to about 1 pm on the day of screeningâ€“ provided the session isnâ€™t already full.
Online reserves are available for payment from 30 minutes before the start of a session to 15 minutes before the start.
From 15 minutes before the start they will be resold if the session is full.
The story of lyrical genius, Martin Phillipps & his band, The Chills, is a cautionary tale, a triumph over tragedy, and a statement about the meaning of music in our lives. (M)
Online ticket sales for this event are closed.