Cans fes­ti­val a hit with food banks

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

Porirua movie buffs cer­tainly have a can-do at­ti­tude.

Ev­ery pic­ture shown as part of the Wattie’s Cans Film Fes­ti­val at Read­ing Cine­mas last Wed­nes­day was a sell­out, with over 700 cans do­nated to The Sal­va­tion Army.

The an­nual event al­lows movie­go­ers en­try to a film in ex­change for a can of food – cost­ing pun­ters about a quar­ter of what a movie ticket would.

Read­ings in Porirua screened The Brave, The Amaz­ing Spi­der­Man, Ice Age 4, The Avengers and Ho­tel Transylvania for the fes­ti­val on Novem­ber 7.

Mary- Lou Ho­hepa, re­cently ap­pointed the cinema’s new man­ager, said it was the first year in Porirua the Cans Fes­ti­val had sold out be­fore the day of screen­ings.

Ms Ho­hepa has been work­ing at the cinema for 15 years. She’s ex­pect­ing a busy sum­mer with The Hob­bit, Twi­light: Break­ing Dawn Pt2 and James Bond ad­ven­ture Sky­fall expected to put plenty of bums on seats.

Mid­night screen­ings are planned for the first two, and pos­si­bly 007, and Ms Ho­hepa also hopes to se­cure more show­ings of clas­sics, such as the re­cent week­end air­ing of The Sound of Mu­sic.

‘‘We would like to do that more of­ten. The prints can be hard to get hold of, but we’ll fight to get them.’’

For the record, her all- time favourite movie is The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion.

Yes we can: Over 700 cans of food were col­lected at Read­ing Porirua from last week’s Wattie’s Can Film Fes­ti­val. Cinema man­ager Mary-Lou Ho­hepa with The Sal­va­tion Army food co-or­di­na­tor El­iz­a­beth Iona and vol­un­teer Lisa Joseph, who will dis­trib­ute the cans to food banks.

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