Competition: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Charming. Quirky. Nostalgic. All words that have been used to describe Mary Ann Shaffer's bestselling novel, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. The historical WWII novel that Shaffer (a former librarian) wrote when her plans for a biography of Robert Falcon Scott's widow, Kathleen Scott fell through, "Guernsey" was extremely popular when it…
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And the nominees are…

The nominees for the Academy awards have been announced for this year. For me the most notable inclusions are "genre" films in the Best Picture category. It's unusual for genre films to get much love from the Academy in this category (Peter Jackson's The Return of the King is so far the only fantasy film…
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The Changeover: Girls with big hair, saving people

The film adaptation of The Changeover premiered in Christchurch a few weeks ago, and is now screening in cinemas across the country. If you haven't yet encountered this melting pot of red-zone Christchurch, subtle romance and sinister magic, I highly recommend watching the movie and reading the novel it was loosely based on. It's a measure of how well-loved the…
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Mortal Engines rule!

If you haven't read Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, you'd better get on to it. Or you won't be able to compare it with the movie - our very own Peter Jackson will begin shooting on this film in March 2017! Written for young adults, Carnegie Medal winning Mortal Engines is a fast-paced tale of…
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New Zealand International Film Festival 2016

Last night the Christchurch programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival was released and as usual, in amongst a programme that really does have something for everyone, there's a healthy clutch of literary offerings. Every year the New Zealand International Film Festival screens a range of films over a two week period. The 2016 Christchurch festival runs from…
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