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NZ Music Month Events

May is NZ Music Month, so our May cinema line-up showcases the best of 'aural Aotearoa'. Join us for an episode or two of cult 1980s music show Radio with Pictures,  see a doco about a music icon, or catch a feature film with a completely Kiwi soundtrack. Check out the selection below, book on Eventfinda or see everything coming up on our main events page.

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Radio with Pictures

May 02 - Jun 01

The ground-breaking 1980s television show that not only enlivened Sunday night but also opened up access to a world of music not given air time on popular radio. From the mid-70s a generation stayed up late for RWP followed by the Sunday Night Horror!

When the Haka Became Boogie

May 02 – May 10

We're presenting four episodes of the seven-part 1990 television series documenting the history of Māori popular music, concentrating heavily on musicians who played in showbands, cabaret and jazz. The first series in 1990 was so successful that further episodes were made in 1991-92.

Queen City Rocker

May 03 – May 11

Music historian and former Rip it Up writer, Chris Bourke will introduce this 1986 film that features the music of Ardijah, Graeme Brazier, No Tag and Fetus Productions.

Struggle No More

May 04 – May 23

Celebrating NZ Music Month with Costa Botes' affectionate music documentary on Wellington band, The Windy City Strugglers, one of New Zealand’s most enduring blues bands

Philip Dadson: Sonics From Scratch

May 09

This is a polished and engaging documentary charting the career of avant-garde musician and artist, Philip Dadson. 

“Few Kiwi artists have had such an enlivening impact on fine arts as Philip Dadson with his international reputation for sonic invention, sophisticated video-installation art and innovative experimentation in the field of sound..." – JF, NZIFF, 2015


May 16 – May 18

Five flatmates find something growing in their basement much to their delight, but when the rightful owner comes knocking and finds that they have appropriated the goods things start to go awry.

1960s Kiwi Rock

May 17

Two documentaries that celebrate 1960s Southern Rock. Featuring Invercargill’s The Unknown Blues and Chants R&B from Christchurch.

Hansel & Gretel

May 19 – Jun 02

An opera based on the fairy story by the Brothers Grimm. Music by Englebert Humperdinck with the original libretto in German by Adelheid Wette (English translation by Adrian Kiernander). This TVNZ production was filmed at Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington. Directed and Produced by Peter Coates.

Sheen of Gold

May 23 & May 30

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month with this documentary tribute to one of New Zealand’s most influential and eclectic rock bands of the 80s – The Skeptics.

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

May 05 – May 25

This a big story. Its not just the story of two sisters but also of 50 years of New Zealand history. Part concept film, part biopic, part historical record, part comedy, the twins share their journey from ‘coming out’ to Jools' brush with breast cancer with much laughter, honesty and wisdom. It is a film about two truly unique New Zealanders which ends up saying as much about us as it does about them.

The Great NZ Music Quiz

May 26

Grab a couple of friends and come on down to Taranaki Street for an afternoon of fun (or come solo and we'll find you a team). Quiz categories include: NZ Film/Television history; Wellington music; Māori & Pasifika; and general music knowledge – there’s something for everyone. With Hell Pizza on board you’ll be able to enjoy a slice of pizza while pondering your answer.

Karyn Hay Live

May 31

For many Radio with Pictures is the ground-breaking television show that not only enlivened Sunday night but also opened up access to a world of music not given air time on popular radio. One of the show’s most well-known presenters, Karyn Hay will be live in our cinema on Thursday 31 May for an exclusive behind-the-scenes talk about her days on Radio with Pictures.