Historic cin­ema plays all the

Bay News - - Front Page - By Rebecca Mauger news@baynews.co.nz

HMYGOSH, I love that movie!” That’s the re­ac­tion Melanie Mills gets just about ev­ery time she rat­tles off a list of up­com­ing movies to be screened at Cult Cin­ema Club.

“That’s what I love about it, that re­ac­tion right there is ex­actly what Cult Cin­ema Club is all about,” she says.

The club’s third sea­son has kicked off, screen­ing fort­nightly cult, art­house, indie, lo­cal, classic films and doc­u­men­taries.

In the lineup this sea­son are clas­sics such as Dawn of the Dead, Casablanca, Pretty in Pink, King Kong, Hail Cae­sar and This is Spinal Tap.

The club was ini­tially started with Kim Cle­land last year, and now Melanie has taken the reins. Cult Cin­ema Club has run a win­ter and sum­mer sea­son screened at the Historic Vil­lage’s re­vamped cosy cin­ema with its art deco theme.

There’s a bit of re­search­ing in­volved, Melanie says. Much time and thought goes into cu­rat­ing the films.

“The idea is to have an event for film buffs which will res­onate with peo­ple from all walks of life.

“It’s about ex­pos­ing peo­ple to some re­ally cool cin­ema. There’s no par­tic­u­lar theme each sea­son but es­sen­tially the main ethos for all the film pro­grammes is to have a re­ally di­verse range of films. I re­ally want to cover all de­mo­graph­ics of peo­ple, so it’s a just am­at­ter of putting a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing in.”

Aself-con­fessed film buff, one of Melanie’s favourites this sea­son is Down By Law, a movie di­rected by Jim Jar­musch about “cheap whiskey and black cof­fee, all-night drunks and lost jobs”. She also loves Buena Vista So­cial Club, a doc­u­men­tary about Cuban mu­sic, Don­nie Darko and even the no­to­ri­ous hor­ror zom­bie Dawn of the Dead (1978).

“Down by Law, I saw it inmy

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