Movies on this month at the Regent theatre
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.