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Get Tickled this Autumn

The NZIFF’s Autumn Events programme is now complete, and comes with more titles and some date changes to those previously announced. Blame the distributors for that, one assumes.

The one NZ title in the line-up is the last to be announced. Following last year’s The Ground We Won as the Autumn Events opener, another doco by NZ filmmakers takes the opening slot: David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s Sundance-premiered Tickled,

Winner of Doc Edge’s DOC Pitch in 2014 (then travelling as The Tickle King), the film drew good reviews at Sundance and announced sales to Magnolia and HBO as the festival wound up. Last week, one of the subjects of the film, David D’Amato, sued the filmmakers.

There are also new additions to both the Classics and Premieres line-ups.

Brad Bird’s animated adaptation of English poet Ted Hughes’ children’s book The Iron Giant: Signature Edition; Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense; and George Cukor’s The Philadelphia Story join the previously-announced Classics titles Fargo, The King And I and Ran.

Attending filmmaker Nicole Ma's Putuparri

Attending filmmaker Nicole Ma’s Putuparri and the Rainmakers

As well as Tickled, the newly-announced Autumn Events Premieres titles will play Auckland and Wellington only. They are Nick Read and Mark Franchetti’s Toronto-premiered Bolshoi Babylon; Stig Björkman’s Ingrid Bergman in her Own Words, awarded in Cannes last year; and Nicole Ma’s Australian documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers. Ma will present the film at Autumn Events screenings.

Tickets are now on sale for Auckland screenings, and will open in Christchurch and Dunedin from Thursday 17 March , and in Wellington 2 April, NZIFF Autumn Events revised dates are:
Auckland (Civic) 13 – 17 April and (Academy) 23 April – 3 May
Wellington (Paramount) 16 April – 3 May and (Embassy) 22 April, 7–22 May
Christchurch (Hoyts Riccarton) 29 April – 22 May
Dunedin (Regent) 5–8 May

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