Imagine a cool historic building, a live accompaniment and a programme of historic films about Canterbury and you are set for the old timey travelling film show from New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
Called Reel life in Canterbury the screening includes 17 short films which are a great way to see some of our beautiful historic buildings and landscape. The earliest film from 1910 shows the Hinge family in their home at 10 Berry Street, St Albans. In A Daughter of Christchurch a new school teacher arrives in town and is wooed by Freddy Fishface, a shady journalist and Bill Cowcocky, a handsome farmer. Made by Rudall Haywood in 1928 it starred Christchurch locals and features a fistfight on the banks of the Avon.
There are films from North Canterbury and the Mt Cook area and also films featuring buildings that did not survive the earthquakes. The silent films have a live musical accompaniment. The Christchurch venue is St Michael’s and All Angels Church, 84 Oxford Terrace, door sales only at a bargain basement $5.00 and two screenings on Saturday 14 September at 4pm and 7.30pm.
And just to remind you of the golden age of movie going when Christchurch was dotted with great picture palaces – our Movie Theatres collection of heritage photographs.