MOVIES – THURSDAY 23 MAY TO WEDNESDAY 29 MAY
First Position (G)
Ballet documentary following six young dancers (aged nine to nineteen) over the course of a year as they face injury and personal sacrifice on their way to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world and awards full scholarships to top ballet schools.
“Director Bess Kargman interviews the competitors, their families and teachers, and we learn of the many sacrifices made for the sake of ballet. The kids’ love for dance helps them struggle through injured feet and near exhaustion, all while navigating the drama and changes that come with adolescence. Prepare to be moved and inspired by these gifted young dancers.” (Toronto International Film Festival 2012)
Time can be your worst enemy.
From kiwi filmmaker Alex Galvin comes this sci-fi mystery, shot on a low budget in New Zealand and Hong Kong, taking place within a virtual reality crime game.
Police detective Richard is taking part in a futuristic computer game investigating the most difficult case of his career: a seemingly impossible locked room murder mystery of a wealthy property investor. Richard begins to realise that there is far more going on than just one mystery, and his own future is at stake. His only chance to escape the game depends on him solving the case – and quickly.
Liberal Arts (M)
Sometimes students make the best teachers.
Written, directed and starring Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother, this coming-of-age drama follows a mid-thirties bookworm who forms a semi-romantic bond with a 19-year-old college student (Elizabeth Olsen).
Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse (Radnor) worries that his best days are behind him. When his old college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby (Olsen) – a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore. Zibby awakens long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.
Song for Marion (PG)
Set in London, this geriatric comedy drama stars Terence Stamp as a shy, grumpy pensioner who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) into joining a highly unconventional local choir led by Gemma Arterton. At odds with his son James (Christopher Eccleston), it is up to Elizabeth (Arterton) to try and persuade Arthur (Stamp) that he can learn to embrace life, using music as a way to battle his own grumbling persona.