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This week

Show Me Shorts

Sit back and enjoy some of the best and most vibrant short films from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. Dome Room, Saturday, 7pm.

Coming up

The Lazy-Fi Rock Show

Lazy Fifty and UNI-FI join forces to celebrate the release of their new albums with the Lazy-Fi Rock Show. Smash Palace, Friday, November 12, 8pm. Cancelled if not in Level 1.

Michael Llewellyn

Dome Room, Saturday, November 13, 8pm. $13.00+bf from undertheradar.

Lake South

The Light You Throw album release tour. Smash Palace, Friday, November 19, 8pm. Cancelled if not in Level 1.

Motel California

Dome Room, Saturday, November 20, 8.30pm. Presales from $30+bf from eventfinda or $30 cash sales from The Aviary.

Gisborne Choral Society: Old French Masters

St Andrew's Church, Sunday, Novermber 21.


Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament

Compete for bragging rights and some stunning prizes. Evolution Theatre, 75 Disraeli Street, Saturday, November 13, 6.30pm.

A One Night Stand

An evening of stand-up comedy featuring members of The Comedy Hub from Manawatu. Evolution Theatre, Saturday, November 20, 7pm. Tickets $20 from KiwiTicket or $30 on the door.

Visual arts

Weathered Beauty

Sarah Gordon's Weathered Beauty is an expression of rural thoughts and memories of two Manutūkē farms, and their family. Tairawhiti Museum until November 28.

We Can't Stop Now

Handmade prints by 31 past and present members of the Gisborne Printmakers Group celebrate 45 years of printmaking in the Lysnar House Studios. Tairawhiti Museum until December 5.

Worlds of Wonder

Artist Julia Rae's self-portrait morphs into a character of dreams creating imagined worlds and illustrating ideas through photographic images. Tairawhiti Museum until November 21.

At the movies



Alex has always wanted to be Miss France. But while Alex does not lack the necessary beauty, kindness, or desire for world peace, one snag remains. Alex is a boy.

The Rose Maker

A French comedy film about a once-successful rose grower (Catherine Frot) on the verge of bankruptcy. She hires three workers with no horticultural skills and must train them to help save her business. In French with English subtitles.

Show Me Shorts

A selection of some of the best short films from around the world.

Queen Bees

While her house undergoes repairs, a fiercely independent senior citizen moves into a nearby retirement community, where she meets lusty widows, cut-throat bridge tournaments and bullying “mean girls”.



A small-town teacher and her local-sheriff brother discover that a young student is harbouring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Halloween Kills

Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode's trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. The Strode women and other survivors form a vigilante mob to end the reign of terror.

Ron's Gone Wrong

Computer-animated film in which a socially awkward schoolboy receives a walking, talking, digitally connected robot named Ron that's supposed to be his best friend. When Ron starts to malfunction, it draws the attention of a shady executive who wants to protect his company's stock price at any cost. Voice cast includes Jack Dylan Grazer, Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Colman and Ed Helms.


Opera film directed by Rebecca Tansley and filmed in 2020 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. The original production was directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess and Jacqueline Coats. It features some of New Zealand's best voices: Emma Pearson, Amitai Pati, Paul Whelan, Sarah Castle, Stephen Diaz, Chelsea Dolman and Sashe Angelovski, along with the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and the Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir. A baroque orchestra under the baton of Peter Walls brings George Frideric Handel's intricate score to life. The story explores the love triangle between Jupiter (King of the Gods), his wife Juno, and his lover, the mortal princess Semele. Described as a story of love, passion, revenge and tragedy, set to some of the most beautiful music Handel wrote. Two screenings.

The Last Duel

The wife of a French knight is viciously assaulted; she accuses a much-admired nobleman; he denies the charge; she insists it is true. Trial by combat is arranged. Big-name cast.


New Zealand film in which a self-destructive teenager (George Ferrier) comes home from boarding school to find his gin-soaked grandmother (Charlotte Rampling) has moved in. A battle of wills ensues. Written and directed by Matthew J. Saville.

Becoming Cousteau

National Geographic documentary on Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French undersea explorer who brought the oceans into the living room.


In rural Iceland, a childless couple discover a strange and unnatural newborn in their sheep barn. They decide to raise her as their own, but sinister forces work to return the creature to the wilderness.

No Time to Die

James Bond, having left active service with MI6, is recruited by the CIA to rescue a kidnapped scientist, which leads to a showdown with a powerful adversary.

Ainbo: Amazon Princess

A young hero and her animal spirit guides embark on a quest to save their home in the Amazon rainforest from loggers and miners.

Lazy Fifty (pictured above) and UNI-FI will join forces to celebrate the release of their new albums with the Lazy-Fi Rock Show at Smash Palace, on Friday, November 12, at 8pm. Cancelled if not in Level 1.