Doco looks at rise of elec­tric car

Wanganui Midweek - - WHANGANUI - — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone This screen­ing is open to mem­bers only. New mem­bers can join on­line at whanganuifilm­so­ci­ety.org.nz or at the venue from 6.30pm.

Whanganui Film So­ci­ety presents two films this week — one this Satur­day, March 24, which is a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of the doc­u­men­tary Re­venge of

the Elec­tric Car. This screens in con­junc­tion with the Lead­ing The Charge Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Tour which has been fa­cil­i­tated by Dun­can Sin­clair of Black Pine Ar­chi­tects and Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Net­work. Re­venge of the Elec­tric Car isa

fol­low-up to the 2006 doc­u­men­tary Who Killed the

Elec­tric Car? and is nar­rated by Tim Rob­bins, with a wide range of in­ter­vie­wees from Elon Musk to Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, Danny DeVito to mu­si­cian An­thony Kiedis, Stephen Col­bert and nu­mer­ous car com­pany moguls. Di­rec­tor Chris Paine takes his film crew be­hind the closed doors of Nis­san, GM, and the Sil­i­con Val­ley start-up Tesla Mo­tors to chron­i­cle the story of the global resur­gence of elec­tric cars.

The film is one of two events in Whanganui that are hap­pen­ing as part of the EV Tour. The sec­ond, from mid­day-2.30pm this Satur­day — at Whanganui’s first elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing point in the Pak’nSave carpark — is the op­por­tu­nity to take a spin in a Tesla, or to test drive an Ionic or a Leaf. (Note: Peo­ple must be 25+ and hold a full driver’s li­cence to test drive the ve­hi­cles).

US-based EV ad­vo­cate Chelsea Sex­ton, who was a con­sul­tant on the film, will be at

both events and will an­swer ques­tions af­ter the screen­ing. Re­venge Of The Elec­tric Car

Spe­cial Pre­sen­ta­tion: Satur­day, March 24, 7.30pm

Davis Theatre, Whanganui Re­gional Mu­seum

Chris Paine • USA • 2011 • 90 mins • M Of­fen­sive lan­guage

All pro­ceeds do­nated to Whanganui Green Bikes.

The Whanganui Film So­ci­ety reg­u­lar screen­ing on Mon­day is

In A World . . . , a com­edy writ­ten, di­rected by and star­ring Lake Bell, who is best known for her comedic side-kick roles in nu­mer­ous rom-coms. This low­bud­get in­die flick is Bell’s first foray into the male-dom­i­nated realm of di­rect­ing — with a lot of success. In A World . . . , which fea­tures cameos from Eva

Lon­go­ria and Geena Davis, won the Best Screen­play award at Sun­dance in 2013. In A World . . .

Mon­day, March 26, 7pm Davis Theatre, Whanganui Re­gional Mu­seum

Lake Bell • USA • 2013 • 93 mins • R16 Sex­ual ref­er­ences & of­fen­sive lan­guage.

Re­views

“In some ways a late bloomer’s com­ing-of-age story, it is also, in no par­tic­u­lar order, a show-busi­ness satire, a fam­ily drama, a fem­i­nist parable and a sweet ro­man­tic com­edy. Not that any of th­ese la­bels can do jus­tice to the orig­i­nal­ity of Ms. Bell’s creative voice.” — A.O. Scott, NY Times

“If you’ve never heard of Lake Bell, get crack­ing. She’s a live-wire. Of­ten the best thing in silly movies (No Strings

At­tached) and stupid TV (Miss

Match), Bell has kicked out the jams with her first fea­ture as writer and di­rec­tor. It’s an ex­hil­a­rat­ing comic rush called

InaWorld... and in it she spins in­spired lu­nacy around the sub­ject of, among other things like fam­ily dys­func­tion, sex­ual healing and fe­male em­pow­er­ment, voiceovers . . .

“Bell’s script, which won a de­served writ­ing award at Sun­dance, . . . In fact, Bell the writer, di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and ac­tress knows how to set a savvy trap. While we’re laugh­ing, she pulls the rug out, mak­ing us see Carol’s world as a mi­cro­cosm for the world ev­ery work­ing wo­man lives in. That she does it with sub­tlety, hu­mour and touch­ing grav­ity marks Bell as a film­maker to watch.”

A still from In A World . . .

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