Here at Glory Days HQ we absolutely love getting the latest New Zealand International Film Festival booklet and poring over the pages of excellent independent cinematic treasures that the organisers pull together. The NZIFF is like an amazing travelling film festival circus that meanders around the country and hits 13 cities and towns over the next few months.
And if you love the festival as much as we do, the fantastic wishlist system on their website is hugely helpful in arranging your particular itinerary of independent movie-going adventures - we recommend you check it out here!
But if you Aucklanders would like someone else to do the work for you, we have devised our own Top 10 list and were even lucky enough to get some complimentary passes for several of the screenings. Read on to find out more about our picks and how you can get your hands on a complementary pass or two!
FRIDAY 17TH JULY
Sexy Seventies Double Trouble
One can only fully appreciate these films when dressed to impress in glam 70s style, so make a night of it, check out this double feature then head out for a Cold Duck or three afterwards!
6.30pm Duke of Burgundy - Event Cinemas Queen St
If anyone fell in love with the elegant restraint (ahem) and pitch perfect styling of Secretary, we bet you will fall head over heels for the lush cinematic world that director Peter Strickland creates, in this re-imagining of the master/servant relationship between two women. Watch the trailer below to see exactly what we mean!
8.45pm 54: The Directors Cut - The Civic
This is Studio 54 as it really was - full of the excess, tragedy and hedonism that was edited out of the original cut.
SUNDAY 19TH JULY
3.45pm Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict - Academy Cinema
Surely one of the most art literate, flamboyant and interesting figures of the 20th century. That collection! Those outfits! This film!
MONDAY 20TH JULY
8.45pm Being Evel - Event Cinemas Queen St
From hair-raising stunts to an even more hair-raising private life, the influence during the 1970s of stuntman and serious sideburns sporter Evel Kinevel has had a lasting impact on daredevils the world over.
DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY COMPETITION
We have a double pass to give away to one lucky person with a great set of chops that could rival Evel Kinevel's.
Visit our Facebook page and upload a snap of your sideburns before Friday 17th July at 8pm to be in to win!
Complementary tickets are available for the Auckland screening on this date only.
THURS 23RD JULY
6.30pm Women He's Undressed - Sky City Theatre
We love anything to do with Old Hollywood stars and/or incredible vintage Hollywood costumes and this documentary about Australian born costumier to the stars Orry George Kelly (Orry-Kelly) ticks both those boxes.
We are going to get dressed up a bit fancy, head along to the Sky City for the screening then go for a post-film cocktail fuelled analysis at Hotel DeBrett if anyone would care to join us?
SATURDAY 25TH JULY
5.15pm Kiss Me Kate 3D - Event Cinemas Queen St
Like a punch in the face with a rainbow, Kiss Me Kate is the only 1950s MGM musical that was filmed in 3D, and is sure to be an eye popping cinematic surround sound Technicolour treat!
DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY COMPETITION
We have a double pass to give away to one lucky person for the Saturday 5.15pm screening in Auckland.
Everyone who has, or will sign up to our electronic newsletter before Monday 20th July will to be in to win.
Sign up here right now if you haven't already!
SUNDAY 26TH JULY
1pm Iris - Rialto Cinema Newmarket
When we grow up we want to be Iris! Our firm favourite of Advanced Style gang, Iris Apfel has been the subject of an exhibition at the Met Museum, decorated the White House nine times and recently starred in one of Kanye West's videos at age 93! A true individual and style icon, this will be one in the festival that you just cannot miss.
Channel Iris for this screening and dress in your best because... why not?!
SUNDAY 26TH JULY
6pm Lonesome (with live score from Lawrence Arabia and Carnivorous Plant Society) The Civic Theatre
Before films got all talky, there were silent films with lush live musical accompaniment. The mighty Civic Theatre is hosting a step back in time to screen Lonesome - a lost cinematic gem from 1928 that follows a couple through a dazzling day in New York.
Lawrence Arabia and Carnivorous Plant Society have created an original score that will work together with the film to create an experience that attendees will never forget.
ONE LONESOME PASS GIVEAWAY
We have a lonesome pass worth $40 to give away to one lucky Glory Days fan. Keep your eyes out on our Facebook page for details of how to enter
SAT 1ST JULY
1pm The Misfits - The Civic Theatre
It's Marilyn Monroe, Clarke Gable and Montgomery Clift in the Civic... do you need any more reasons to attend?
SUN 2ND AUG
6pm The Kid - The Civic Theatre
Finish your feast of films with two of Charlie Chaplin's classics - The Kid and The Immigrant all set to a score performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.