Having already announced its live screenings with Lawrence Arabia, the NZIFF has now named four music titles, most with a strongly British flavour, for this year’s festival.
Three biopics address Amy Winehouse, Mavis Staples and The Who, while ex-pat Kiwi director Virgina Heath takes a look at Scotland.
Asif Kapadia (Senna) delivers Amy, whose short life and career ended with her death in 2011 from alcohol poisoning. James D. Cooper’s Lambert & Stamp is the tale of the managers of British band The Who, also no strangers to alcohol-related death, having lost drummer Keith Moon in 1978. Virginia Heath’s From Scotland with Love stems from one of several cultural projects supported as part of Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games last year. A collaboration with singer Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote), it combines his music with archival footage.
The non-British title announced is Jessica Edwards’ Mavis!, which taps the vein so successfully mined in 20 Feet From Stardom, looking at the life of a singer still going strong in her 70s.
The NZIFF’s full programme will be available in Auckland on 23 June, in Wellington on 26 June, and rolled out into other centres from then. This year’s NZIFF runs in Auckland 16 July – 2 August; in Wellington 24 July – 9 August, with visits to 10 other centres confirmed until late September.