Bookie films – It’s no Predicament

It’s not easy to decide what movies to see at the NZ International Film Festival. There’s an embarrassment of riches.
But we’ve produced a page of Literary Movies screening in Christchurch if you’re keen to see a movie based on a book, or about a literary figure.

There are films on poets Allen Ginsberg and Sam Hunt, ’50s backwoods noir’, and more.

PredicamentI’m especially excited by another Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation coming to a big screen (The Scarecrow is my favourite NZ movie) – Predicament. The fact that is stars NZ’s own Mick Jagger lipped Conchord Jemaine Clement certainly doesn’t hurt:

A new generation of Kiwi comic talent has a ball with a cult classic of Kiwi Gothic lit. Director Jason Stutter has fastened on to Ronald Hugh Morrieson’s Predicament, and made a gleefully macabre comedy of grave adolescent misadventure.
Stutter matches the narrative exuberance of the original with comic-book visual flourishes. Predicament is an enjoyably gothic imagining of a time when the expression ‘moral turpitude’ actually meant something. Starring Jemaine Clement as ‘Spook’.

  • Search the catalogue for the novel Predicament by R.H. Morrieson.

Any must see movies for you?

18 Days of Film Magic

Banksy? in Exit Through the Gift ShopThe Christchurch programme for the 2010 International Film Festival was launched this week. As usual the range of films is amazing – animation, Euro film, short film, animation for grownups and kids, documentaries, Kiwi features, classic film and cult films.

The launch featured Exit Through the Giftshop.  Made by Banksy? about real people and events? If Banksy is involved never take anything at face value. ETG is thoroughly entertaining.

Get planning now – 18 days of film magic! The paper programme is now out in libraries, cafes and other locations around town. Most of the festival will screen at the Regent on Worcester but a few special films – a restored print of Once Upon a Time in the West and documentaries Oceans and Turtle; the Incredible Journey, plus talked about feature films The Runaways, A Prophet and Four Lions, will be shown at Hoyts Riccarton.

National Poetry Day Friday 30 July

National Poetry Day is on its way:

New Zealand’s national day of poetry … is a celebration of this country’s unique and vibrant poetic voice – whether it is odes, myths and legends, serious social commentary or just plain good fun …


  • coverChristchurch City Libraries blog poetry competition
    Send us your poems (under 300 words) to us at and we will bedeck and bedazzle the blog with your masterpieces on National Poetry Day. You also get a chance to win The Adventures of Vela by Albert Wendt or some cool t-shirts .
  • Time out competition
    To celebrate National Poetry Day 2010, Time Out Bookstore, in conjunction with the Sunday Star-Times, is holding a nationwide poetry competition. Submissions will be accepted by email only to, subject line ‘poetry’, and close 5pm, Thursday 15 July.
  • Page and Blackmore Booksellers (Nelson) competition
    Deadline 23 July.

Events in Christchurch

Author and poet Helen Lowe and the Women on Air radio show have made July a month of poetry, and there will be poems and poets aplenty to enjoy.

Find out about Events on the Booksellers website including:

  • Poems for Lunch – A Menu of Astonishing Variety
    12.30 – 1.30 pm, Friday 30th July 2010.
    University Bookshop on Campus, Canterbury University. On the day, come and join us for a feast of poetry, including the launch of a new poetry book, Guarding the Cellar Door by Linda Connell (Steele Roberts) and performances by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Roger Hickin, Tusiata Avia, Micah Timona-Ferris and writers from the School for Young Writers. Tea and coffee provided – bring your sandwiches and join us in celebrating a very special National Poetry Day
  • Poetry for Pudding
    7pm – 8.30 pm, Friday 30th July 2010
    Borders Bookshop Rotherham Street Riccarton. You are invited to a celebratory evening of victuals and poetry to warm your “vitals”. Come to eat, read and/or listen, but mostly come to enjoy. Entry is free. Poets and listeners of all stages and ages welcome! Sponsored by Airing Cupboard Women Poets. For acceptance and further information, email

Poetry at Christchurch City Libraries

CoverWe love poetry all year round: