Movies on this month at the Re­gent theatre

Bush Telegraph - - ENTERTAINMENT & DINING -

Set in Syd­ney in 1959, when the im­pact of Euro­pean mi­gra­tion and the rise of women’s lib­er­a­tion is about to change Aus­tralian so­ci­ety for­ever, Ladies In Black tells the story of sub­ur­ban school­girl Lisa.

While wait­ing for her fi­nal exam re­sults, she takes a sum­mer job at the pres­ti­gious Syd­ney depart­ment store, Goode’s. There she meets the “ladies in black”, who open her eyes to a world beyond her shel­tered ex­is­tence. Based on Madeleine St John’s best-sell­ing novel Ladies in Black opens at the Re­gent Pahiatua this Thurs­day at 5.30pm.

From the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar opera se­ries, ex­pe­ri­ence the love, laugh­ter and loss of La Bohe`me at the Opera House on Syd­ney Har­bour. Puc­cini’s beloved clas­sic has long cap­ti­vated au­di­ences. With lav­ish sets and cos­tumes trans­form­ing Syd­ney har­bour’s float­ing stage into a ro­man­tic Paris win­ter, Opera Aus­tralia’s glit­ter­ing pro­duc­tion opens for a strictly lim­ited sea­son on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 14 at 2pm.

The award-win­ning Kiwi movie Stray is set in a cold and re­mote land­scape, where two strangers strug­gle to re­pair their bro­ken pasts. A young man is on pa­role af­ter at­tempt­ing to mur­der the man who killed his girl­friend. A woman is re­leased from a psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity far from her home­land. These two dam­aged strangers cross paths in the moun­tains in win­ter and put to the test their ca­pac­ity to trust and heal. De­scribed by the New Zealand Her­ald as “the best film to come out of NZ this year,” Stray opens at the Re­gent on Oc­to­ber 18.

In the gru­elling world of com­pet­i­tive sheep shear­ing there is no women’s sec­tion. Women and men com­pete to­gether. When a Kiwi girl sets her heart on be­com­ing a shearer not a lot will stop her, as the five women in the lively doc­u­men­tary She Shears tes­tify. She Shears is a story of pas­sion, pur­pose and de­ter­mi­na­tion and of five women for whom shear­ing is not just a job. Di­rec­tor Jack Ni­col ap­plies cam­era po­etry to the agility, strength, skill and rhyth­mic grace of five Kiwi women wield­ing blades of steel. Opens on Oc­to­ber 25

Com­ing at­trac­tions dur­ing No­vem­ber in­clude the Aus­tralian Bal­let’s lav­ish pro­duc­tion of The Merry Widow, a new pro­duc­tion of Leo Tol­stoy’s clas­sic The Seag­ull ,a live record­ing of Cliff Richard’s 60th An­niver­sary Con­cert, and a fundraiser hosted by Pahiatua Ro­tary Club screen­ing the biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody. This foot-stomp­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the band Queen, their mu­sic and their ex­tra­or­di­nary lead singer Fred­die Mer­cury, chron­i­cles the years lead­ing up to Queen’s leg­endary ap­pear­ance at the 1985 Live Aid con­cert.

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