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World Ocean Day at Ethels Cinema Akaroa

Tuesday June 8th is World Ocean Day and Ethels Cinema in Akaroa will mark the occasion with the premier of the international film event, the One Ocean Film Tour.


This world-class series of ocean-loving films focuses on adventure, the aquatic environment and inspirational stories. This year’s tour features 7 short films including ocean conservation, surfing, diving, exploration and much more.

Now in its second year, One Ocean has the vision to increase awareness about ocean protection and conservation by sharing films made by people who have dedicated their lives to the ocean and all her glory. All screenings are official registered events with World Oceans Day.

The premier event next Tuesday at 8pm at Ethels features all seven films. This will then be followed by screenings throughout the month of June with many opportunities to explore and enjoy these unique features and short films.

The One Ocean Film Tour is proudly presented in Australia and New Zealand by Blancpain. The tour is also supported by Thermos and Honu and presented in partnership with our community partners Sea Shepherd and Plastic Oceans.

“This festival ties into our focus on community filmmaking, '' says Ethels proprietor, Mark Bamber. “Not only is it made by independent filmmakers, it also features a subject matter that is close to the hearts of our Banks Peninsula community.”

With subjects as diverse as the changing face of Antarctica and Bryan Bruce of legendary surf film The Endless Summer there is something to capture everyone’s interest. There is a feature length doco on Rapanui (Easter Island) and a film that follows a solo-circumnavigation of the Drake Passage, one of the most dangerous sailing areas in the world.

Enthralling, thrilling and thought provoking cinemas around New Zealand will join a global audience to celebrate World Ocean Day with multiple screenings all over the world.

For screening times and tickets please follow out link here


PAST EVENTS
Senior Morning Tea

Join us for an advance preview screening of Dream Horse on Wednesday June 02. Standard senior pricing applies ($13 tickets), so morning tea is on us! The film starts at 11.00am sharp, so be sure to come early for morning tea (from 10.30am). 

ABOUT THE FILM
Experience the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely race horse bred by small town bartender, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites.

TICKETS AND TIMES
Join us for our special Seniors Morning Tea screening of Dream Horse with morning tea before the film starts. 
Wednesday 2nd June 2021, please arrive at 10.30am to enjoy tea and cake, the movie screening then starts at 11.00am and concludes at 1.00pm

Book your tickets online or call the cinema on 03 304 7777


For the perfect Mother’s Day in Akaroa, you can treat mum to our Marvellous Mother’s Day event.
The much-anticipated ‘Ammonite’ starring Oscar-winner Kate Winslet and four-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan will be premiered in Akaroa in time to treat your mum this coming Sunday 9th May 2021.

Following on from our sold out events including Ottolenghi, Soldiers Without Guns and Kororā, Ethels presents Marvelous Mother’s Day with an all inclusive Movie, Bubbles and High Tea event.

Surprise the mother in your life with a special experience this Mother's Day. Relax, unwind and indulge Mum with our Mother's Day Movie package. To book a ticket for this event pop into the cinema, call us at the cinema office on 03 304 7777 or book online using the link below.
Mother's Day is all sorted at Ethels. Grab your mum, your gran and your appetite.

ABOUT THE FILM
Oscar-winner Kate Winslet and four-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan star in this forbidden romance drama from award-winning writer-director Francis Lee (God's Own Country), set in 1840s England.
Mary Anning (Winslet), a veteran palaeontologist, and Charlotte (Ronan), a young woman sent by her husband to convalesce by the sea, develop an intense relationship. Despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realisation that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.

TICKETS AND TIMES
Tickets for our special Mother’s Day event are $50 per person, this price includes a glass of bubbles upon arrival, high tea with sweet and savoury delights, and a ticket to the Akaroa premiere screening of the Ammonite movie.
Sunday 9th May 2021, please arrive at 1.00pm to enjoy our bubbles and high tea, the movie screening then starts at 2.30pm and concludes at 4.30pm. 

Akaroa Premiere Screening of Kororā

This Sunday April 25 we're celebrating locally produced film KORORĀ with a special screening event!
A community film produced by Blue Cradle, KORORĀ is a documentary about our local families of passionate conservationists working to protect the native white-flippered penguins of Banks Peninsula.

The film is being screened at 6.00pm this Sunday 25th April with a meet and greet from 5.30pm and a Q&A afterwards. Both the filmmakers and those involved in the documentary will be at the Ethels Cinema Akaroa screening!

Tickets just $10 each! Please show your support 🙌 for this locally produced film by attending the premiere screening on Sunday or see the website for additional screening times during the school holidays

Meet & Greet with filmmaker WILL WATSON at Ethels Cinema Akaroa


This ANZAC weekend we’re featuring the documentary ‘Soldiers Without Guns’ and your chance to meet the film's producer Will Watson at Ethels. Book tickets now for your chance to meet Will and hear first hand about his amazing story.

Narrated by Lucy Lawless and featuring music by artists including Fat Freddy's Drop, Anika Moa and The Black Seeds, the film follows the riveting journey of coalition soldiers as they land unarmed into the heat of a 10 year civil war using only the weapons of Music, Maori Culture and Love to create peace.

ABOUT THE FILM
A David and Goliath story of the Pacific Island people of Bougainville rising up against the largest mining corporation in the world. 10 years of war saw 14 failed peace agreements. In 1997 the NZ army stepped into the conflict with a radical new plan.

Instead of taking guns into the war-zone, unarmed soldiers took guitars and culture. This idea was condemned by the national and international media - no-one thought it could work.

‘Soldiers Without Guns’ follows the riveting journey of the peacekeepers as they endeavoured to use Music, Maori culture and Aroha to end the worst civil war in the Pacific’s history.

This film creates a new hope for creating peace in our time. It shines a light on the untold story of unsung heroes of the New Zealand Defence Force.

A story all New Zealanders can be proud of.

TICKETS
Please join Ethels in welcoming filmmaker Will Watson to Akaroa.

Tickets for the Akaroa premiere of SOLDIERS WITHOUT GUNS are $15 per person (booking fee may apply)

Akaroa Premiere Date and Time: 7.30pm Thursday 22nd April 2021

Additional film dates are available throughout Anzac Weekend, please check the website for dates and times.

Please arrive at 7.30pm for your chance to mingle and meet filmmaker Will Watson, the movie screening then starts at 8.00 pm and concludes with a Q & A session with Will at approx 9.30pm.

Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks & Scrumptious Food Available to purchase

Please contact Ethels directly on 03 304 7777 to book your tickets to the Akaroa Premiere | limited places available.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Will Watson is an International award winning filmmaker. His first television documentary won 6 best international documentary awards.

In 2017 his documentary played at the Palais in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival having won the best documentary at the World Peace Initiative. He started out his career in journalism and publishing in the 90’s and then moved into film making in 2002. He started out as a cameraman for BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera and Sky sport, then moved up to be a Director of Photography for larger international films like, “Dream Catchers”.

The Soldiers Without Guns story revolves around the New Zealand Defence Force ending a war using music, Maori culture and women’s empowerment... instead of guns. His work on film has led him to creating and being invited to do a TED talk and winning an international humanitarian award.


Premiere event of OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES

This Saturday 10th of April 2021 enjoy a special treat at Ethels Cinema Akaroa. We’re hosting the Akaroa premiere of Yotam Ottolenghi’s film Ottolenghi And The Cakes Of Versailles. To celebrate, join us for a special screening event which includes an afternoon tea of Yotam Ottolenghi inspired cakes with your choice of tea, coffee or a soft drink and ticket to the premiere movie screening. To book for our Ottolenghi event pop into the cinema or call us at the cinema office on 03 304 7777. Grab your friends, your gran and your appetite. An absolute foodies delight.


ABOUT THE FILM
History meets patisserie
Cakes. They're not just a treat; they're an artform. Sundance award-nominated director Laura Gabbert (City of Gold) follows five chefs, including the world renowned Yotam Ottolenghi, as they attempt to bring something new, exciting and sumptuous (in cake form) to an extravagant food gala based on the art exhibit "Visitors to Versailles."

TICKETS AND TIMES
Tickets for the premiere of OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES are $40 per person, this price includes a selection of Ottolenghi inspired cakes with your choice of tea, coffee or a soft drink and ticket to the movie (Champagne optional!) .

Date: Saturday 10th April 2021, please arrive at 2.00pm to enjoy the selection of Ottolenghi inspired cakes, the movie screening then starts at 3.30pm and concludes at 4.55pm.