Feature films and RAFFA screenings
Raglan Film Festival opens Saturday, September 21 with highly-regarded film Herbs: Songs of Freedom. The acclaimed 2019 documentary on legendary New Zealand reggae group, Herbs has just done the rounds of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Audiences and critics alike have raved about a film that celebrates the men from different islands in the South Pacific who gave voice to a generation and the issues of the time through their iconic music.
Herbs screening – Sat 21 Sept, 6.30pm | Thu 26 Sept, 7pm
Also on offer is another documentary with an environmental message – 2040 explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, documentarian Damon Gameau blends traditional documentary footage with dramatised sequences to create a vision board for his daughter and the planet.
2040 screening – Sun 22 Sep, 4.30pm | Wed 25 Sep, 7pm
To round off the festival off take a dramatised look into the world of Elton John in Rocketman, an epic musical that follows the transformation of shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. Set to Sir Elton’s most beloved songs, the film tells the inspirational story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.
Rocketman screening – Sun 22 Sept, 7pm | Fri 27 Sep, 7pm
Don’t forget to check out the RAFFA nominees’ short films on the Monday 23, Tuesday 24 at 6.30pm and Sunday 29 at 4.30pm and 6.30pm – entry by koha.
Opening night Saturday, September 21 – food on sale and bar opens from 6pm, movie begins at 6.30pm.
To book online visit www.raglanartscentre.co.nz