09 Feb

Movie on the Grass

We are bringing the big screen back to Cornwall Park!

On Sunday 9th Febrauary we will be screening the New Zealand classic, Footroot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1986) as well as a special screening of NZ short documentary, Fools & Dreamers (2019), before the feature film.
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale: Featuring the characters from Murray Ball's "Footrot Flats", (New Zealand's most beloved cartoon strip ). Questions to be answered include: Will Wal Footrot win the affections of Cheeky Hobson over the sleazy Spit Murphy? Will the Dog win the affections of the lovely Jess? Will Wal make a good impression on the All Black selectors at Saturdays rugby match? Can Rangi and Pongo save Cooch's prize stag from the depths of Blackwater station, home of the Murphy's, their vicious dogs and deadly croco-pigs? All this and more will be answered as the small town of Raupo comes to life on the big screen.

'Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest' is a documentary about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”.

Pack a picnic, blanket and invite along your friends and whānau for a late afternoon of reminising Murray Ball's world famous in New Zealand (and Australia!) comics.
Location: Native Arboretum
Screening Time: 5pm
Running Time: Fools & Dreamers (30mins), Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (71mins)
Rain Date: Sunday 23rd February

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