Kapi-Mana News : December 6th 2011
17 KAPI-MANA NEWS, DECEMBER 6, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT READING CINEMAS PORIRUA readingcinemas.co.nz PH: 237 1070 ALSO SHOWING 3D & 2D PUSS IN BOOTS (PG) 3D IMMORTALS (R16) 3D & 2D ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) NEW YEAR'S EVE (M) BREAKING DAWN PT. 1 (M) CONTAGION (M) OPENS THURSDAY 3D OPENS THURSDAY lace a gift nder s meone else's tree By placing a gift under the Kmart Wishing Tree, you can help families in need this Christmas. The more gifts, the more smiles on Christmas morning. www.kmart.co.nz/wishingtree Find us and let us thank you › Places to stay › Attractions, Activities and Events › Coach, Ferry and Train bookings › Internet access › Doc Hut tickets › Gifts and Souvenirs PORIRUA CITY Visit › 8 Cobham Court, Porirua City Phone › 04 237 8088 Email › www. Contact PORIRUA Explore discover beautiful Start with i-SITE Find all the information you need about Porirua, the greater Wellington region and the rest of New Zealand, at the Porirua i-SITE Visitor Cent re. Our friendly staff can assist with knowledgeable advice on: email@example.com w w w.poriruanz.com 3647294AB COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LUNCH Sunday 25 December -- 12.00pm St Mary's Anglican Church Discovery Drive, Whitby Are you home alone at Christmas and would like some company? Are you or your family wanting a home cooked meal for Christmas? We would love to share Christmas Day with you! To book a table for yourself and/or your family please call Tanya Macdonald 2377045 or our Church Office 2347088 (There will be no charge for the meal, however a koha is welcome) RSVP by 20th December 2011 Merry Christmas 4236464AA 0800 844-888 www.wnc.co.nz Wellington Nannies College • 22 week courses • next starts 30 January 2012 • no course fee • NZQA Nat. Cert. • Live-in or live-out option, board provided if needed. Love kids? Would you like to be a nanny? Phone now for a FREE DVD about our course Wellington Nannies College provides a hands-on, entry-level early childhood education course which equips learners with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to obtain a job as a nanny in New Zealand or overseas. 4090483AA Place a gift under someone else's tree By placing a gift under the Kmart Wishing Tree, you can help families in need this Christmas . The more gifts, the more smiles on Christmas morning. www.kmart.co.nz/wishingtree Find us and let us thank you Ends Christmas Eve The ballad of a genuine Aussie charmer Red Dog Starring Koko, Josh Lucas, Rachel Taylor, Noah Taylor, Luke Ford, Rohan Nichol, John Batchelor. Screenplay by Louis de Bernieres, Daniel Taplitz, directed by Kriv Stenders. 92 minutes, rated PG (coarse language). Showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua, Light House Pauatahanui. Mates: Red Dog spends some quality time with his one true master, John Grant, a free-spirited American played by Josh Lucas. My brother hates Braveheart --a movie he was loving for more than 170 minutes before you know what happens to William Wallace. Some folk just can't handle the hero dying at the end, regardless of whether history or the story demands it. I'm the same when it comes to animals on screen. Human characters can be scalped, woodchipped, eaten and set on fire before my eyes. I may flinch, I may cringe, but I won't really mind. But if a movie has, say, a wolf or a bear as pet or a sidekick, and it gets killed -- the bad mood can last for weeks. The crux of all this is I have an unwritten rule never to review animal movies. Objec- tivity goes out the window. As fond as I am of White Fang, had it ended with a dead wolfdog, I would have hated it. Bugger me then that last week Red Dog appeared to have the cinema release schedule all to itself. Bugger me again that the film opens in a Western Aust- ralia pub in 1979 with its titular hero lying on the floor, dying. Thankfully, and mercifully, the majority of the next 90 minutes offer more feel good moments than a dozen underdog sports movies. Red Dog was a Kelpie/Cattle cross who famously travelled Western Australia's Pilbara region throughout the 1970s, a dog owned by everybody and nobody. He did what he liked, when he wanted. Townships adopted him as a kind of rural mascot, he was given a bank account and made a member of the Dampier Salts Sport and Social Club and the Transport Union. The pooch's legend inspired Louis de Bernieres' novel Red Dog, upon which this film is based. There is a fair amount of dramatic licence -- the feud with Red Cat? Red Dog's trip to Japan? -- but it does fit nicely inside a tall tales at the pub'' narrative structure. Thomas, (Luke Ford) a trucker who has stopped off in the red dirt iron mining town of Dampier, sits at a bar hearing of the antics Red Dog got away with and the hearts he touched from salt-of-the-earth punters. This is back in the day when thirsty men simply asked for a beer, not their preferred label of pilsner or low carb lager, and Stubbies were a pair of shorts that left nothing to the imagination -- particularly on the loveable bully Peeto (John Batchelor). More than a movie about a remarkable dog, Red Dog is a nostalgic, unashamedly rose-tinted look back at rural Western Australia in the 1970, when red-blooded men from across the globe came in search of adventure, fortune and a cold beer amid the burgeoning mining industry. Indeed, a lot of the bar scenes could be mistaken for Fosters commercials, but the characters are charmers and the picture's commitment to two quintessen- tial Australian virtues -- freedom and mateship -- never waver. The anthropomorphism is relatively restrained by today's standards -- Red Dog doesn't talk or drive a car -- but it is present in the dog's motivations and lar- rikin streak. Of course, one gripe remains. If a movie can make mining for ore look like a fun old time, why can't it make a loveable pooch overcome strychnine poisoning? THE LOWDOWN TELL US Up-to-date listings for local events and shows. Want your event added? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full lowdown: kapimananews.co.nz. ON TODAY JUBILEE/HAPU, exhibition celebrating 25 years of Whitireia Polytechnic's art department, with a small selection of works by past students. At Pataka until February 6. SAMOA & GERMANY, exhibition investigating the impact of the historical relationship between Germany and Samoa between 1900-14 and its lasting legacy. At Pataka until February 19. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, a festive evening of fun, shopping, spot prizes and more at The Mariner, Whitehouse Rd, Titahi Bay. Local female traders and artists will be selling a range of unique hand- crafted goods and gifts. Doors open 7pm until late. Women only. $2 entry, includes nibbles. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK is on again this year at Elsdon Park. The programme includes the Tautoko Band, Mission Choir and the Funky Monkeys, as well as local performers. CAROLS BY THE BEACH, join the Christmas festivities at Plimmerton Primary School with entertainment for the whole family, from 3pm. More face painters are needed for an hourly slots between 3pm and 7.30pm; call Lesley Fairbairn on 233 1247 if interested. For general inquiries about the night, email email@example.com. XMAS MARKET, Paremata Kindergarten Christmas Craft Market at Paremata School from 10am. CARNIVAL, Porirua Christmas Carnival, in the city centre from 11am. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 CAROLS BY TORCHLIGHT at St Matthew's Church on Kapiti Cres in Titahi Bay, from 5.30pm. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 -- TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 STORY FESTIVAL, Porirua Libraries are hosting A-long Hot Summer Story Festival. Those who register will be treated to live storytelling shows, story workshops, competitions and prizes. Guest performers will include Titahi Bay author and self-styled storytailor Holly Gooch and Wellington author and storyteller Moira Wairama. There are four age groups: 3 to 5 years, 5 to 9 years, 9 to 12 years, and 12 plus. Registrations are limited to 200, taken from 9am today. To register, call Bee or Jenny on 237 1543 or 237 1535, or email: btrudgeon @pcc.govt.nz.
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