This Australian coming-of-age comedy-drama about a seriously ill teenager and her drug dealer boyfriend gives us a powerful perspective on how to embrace the chaos of life and let go.
For the main character, Milla and her family, it may seem like their life is on a fast-track to disaster, however Milla’s fearless nature shows her protective parents and others around her how to live like you’ve got nothing to lose, even while it seems like everything is falling apart.
Based on the stage play of the same name, the film’s emotional subject matter and powerful acting (including a performance from Kiwi, Emily Barclay) has received high praise and will be a likely hit with audiences here when it comes to our shores.
In cinemas 29 October
From the makers of hit show Baby Mama’s Club comes a new show following three cousins trying to create a comedy show while navigating their racist boss. SIS shows their sketches coming to life, covering everything from STIs to body swaps, and tells the story of three Pasifika women nailing the dramas and quirks of modern life. Tackling racial profiling, stereotypes, as well showcasing the enduring power of friendship, SIS is a local must watch.
Screening on NEON. Date TBC
Kiwi comedian and Billy T Award-winner, Rose Matafeo, stars in her first feature film as a pregnant woman not quite ready to embrace motherhood.
Zoe (played by Matafeo), a happy-go-lucky wannabe adventurer, falls pregnant to her responsible long-term boyfriend, Tim (played by Harry Potter series actor, Matthew Wallace) and consequently freaks out about all the things she hasn’t had a chance to do before becoming a mother. While Tim is ready to settle down and prepare for the new chapter in their lives, Zoe goes on a mad rush to chase her dreams before the baby arrives.
Featuring some of New Zealand’s best comedic actors and Taika Waititi as Executive Producer, this charming Kiwi film is set to be one of the best this year.
In cinemas 22 October
Kiwi acting icons Danielle Cormack, Anapela Polata’ivao and Jason Te Kare have united to bring back an international theatre sensation to New Zealand shores.
Every Brilliant Thing is a play about depression and loss and finding the beauty in your life, no matter how small or simple.
Presented by Silo Theatre, Every Brilliant Thing is showing at Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Road in Auckland from 5 November-6 December. Get your tickets from silotheatre.co.nz