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The Century Theatre, built in 1977 as a concert chamber to commemorate Napier’s first century as a city, is the setting for the museum's performing arts, film and talks programme. The Theatre bar opens one hour before every show and sells a range of confectionery, alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

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August 2019

MTG Movie Club - At Eternity's Gate

MTG Movie Club - At Eternity's Gate

At At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh's life. A ravishment of the senses, with cinematographer Benoît Delhomme — a master of the handheld camera — capturing the gorgeous play of sunlight on flowers, wheat fields and anything...

Date: Wednesday 21 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - MTG Movie Club - At Eternity's Gate


Free
Project Prima Volta‎ - Lunchtime Recital

Project Prima Volta‎ - Lunchtime Recital

Project Prima Volta students perform their solo songs and arias to prepare for upcoming auditions and events. These 30-minute soundbite concerts provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy some wonderful singing in the middle of your work day. Bring your own sandwiches and, if possible, a koha to help...

Date: Monday 26 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Project Prima Volta‎ - Lunchtime Recital


NZIFF Opening Night - La Belle Époque

NZIFF Opening Night - La Belle Époque

Opening night includes complimentary refreshments from 6.00pm; the screening begins at 6.30pm. The perfect film to open NZIFF 2019 is also perfect for first dates, 40th anniversaries and solo filmgoers alike. La Belle Époque is that rarest of treats: a certified crowd-pleaser that cinephiles...

Date: Thursday 29 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF Opening Night - La Belle Époque


NZIFF - A Seat at the Table

NZIFF - A Seat at the Table

Savour 100 minutes of eye-popping camera work, picturesque vineyards and gratuitous grape-fondling shots in this glorious toast to the talent and the stories behind New Zealand’s world-famous wine industry. “Are we deserving of a seat at the table of the world’s finest yet?” Filmmakers...

Date: Friday 30 August to Saturday 31 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - A Seat at the Table


NZIFF - Amazing Grace

NZIFF - Amazing Grace

Rescued from 45 years in legal and technical limbo, this extraordinary music film capturing Aretha Franklin in full flight deserves your respect – and the biggest screen and sound system possible. In 1972, 29-year-old Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, wishing to return to her gospel...

Date: Friday 30 August to Thursday 5 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Amazing Grace


NZIFF - High Life

NZIFF - High Life

Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche are on a suicide mission to the stars in this startlingly original space thriller from French master Claire Denis. In the deepest reaches of the cosmos, a crying baby distracts lone astronaut Monte (Pattinson) as he tends to life-support systems on board a...

Date: Friday 30 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - High Life


NZIFF - Celebration: YSL

NZIFF - Celebration: YSL

A poignant, intimate portrait of Yves Saint Laurent in his twilight years takes us behind the scenes of the fabled fashion house and of the couturier’s complex relationship with business partner Pierre Bergé. Tickets are available online through Ticketek, from the front desk at MTG or the box...

Date: Saturday 31 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Celebration: YSL


NZIFF - The Biggest Little Farm

NZIFF - The Biggest Little Farm

A city slicker couple turned progressive eco-farmers transform a barren orchard into a thriving landscape in this inspirational sustainability documentary. Who hasn’t fantasised about ditching their city day job for a simpler life on the land? For John and Molly Chester, this journey begins...

Date: Saturday 31 August to Sunday 15 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Biggest Little Farm


NZIFF - Apocalypse Now

NZIFF - Apocalypse Now

Welcome back to the jungle with Brando, Duvall, Fishburne and Hopper for Francis Ford Coppola’s final – and finest – version of the ultimate Vietnam War epic. Forty years after it almost killed him, Francis Ford Coppola returns to the jungle one last time. Both a complete restoration and...

Date: Saturday 31 August
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Apocalypse Now


September 2019

NZIFF - Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

NZIFF - Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

A collection of Māori and Pasifika short films curated by Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka), director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, with guest co-curator Craig Fasi (Niue), director of the Pollywood Film Festival. Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua -...

Date: Sunday 1 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019


NZIFF - Peterloo

NZIFF - Peterloo

Four years after Waterloo a different kind of battle was fought on British soil, Mike Leigh delivers a passionate and forceful historical drama about the time when the working class began to fight for their rights. The latest from Mike Leigh is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the...

Date: Sunday 1 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Peterloo


NZIFF - Who You Think I Am

NZIFF - Who You Think I Am

Juliette Binoche delivers a sultry, complicated turn as a woman hiding behind a virtual alter ego in this haunting French psychodrama. After a messy breakup with her boyfriend Ludo, and upset at his sudden disappearance, 50-something French literature lecturer Claire Millaud (Binoche) decides...

Date: Sunday 1 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Who You Think I Am


NZIFF - Peter Peryer: The Art of Seeing

NZIFF - Peter Peryer: The Art of Seeing

Continuing her rich tradition of documenting Kiwi artists, Shirley Horrocks presents a comprehensive biopic of Peter Peryer, one of our most important photographers. The access to Peryer at his home in Taranaki before his death in November 2018 makes this the most definitive documentary that...

Date: Monday 2 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Peter Peryer: The Art of Seeing


NZIFF - Ask Dr Ruth

NZIFF - Ask Dr Ruth

Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival As her 90th birthday approaches, irrepressible Dr Ruth, the famed American sex therapist, reflects on her life and career in a film as spirited as she is. A mere four foot seven, but feeling six feet tall, Ruth Westheimer believes she has...

Date: Tuesday 3 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Ask Dr Ruth


NZIFF - Maiden

NZIFF - Maiden

Utilising a treasure trove of archival footage, director Alex Holmes celebrates the history of Maiden Great Britain, the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race. After discovering a love of sailing in her teens, Tracy Edwards dreamed of circumnavigating the globe...

Date: Wednesday 4 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Maiden


NZIFF - Capital in the 21st Century

NZIFF - Capital in the 21st Century

A sweeping – and sobering – account of the way that concentrated wealth has both shaped our past and is creating a deeply unequal future. Based on economist Thomas Piketty’s bestselling book. A 700-page tome on wealth inequality, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century was an...

Date: Wednesday 4 September to Friday 6 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Capital in the 21st Century


NZIFF - Amazing Grace

NZIFF - Amazing Grace

Rescued from 45 years in legal and technical limbo, this extraordinary music film capturing Aretha Franklin in full flight deserves your respect – and the biggest screen and sound system possible. In 1972, 29-year-old Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, wishing to return to her gospel...

Date: Friday 30 August to Thursday 5 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Amazing Grace


NZIFF - Sorry We Missed You

NZIFF - Sorry We Missed You

A most worthy follow-up to I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s new social-realist drama zeroes in on life as an average British family at the mercy of the modern day ‘gig economy’. Though conspicuously absent from the Cannes winners’ podium, Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty left no...

Date: Thursday 5 September to Friday 13 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Sorry We Missed You


NZIFF - La Belle Époque

NZIFF - La Belle Époque

A 21st century riff on second chances at first love, La Belle Époque takes a giant conceit – an agency can grant you the chance to play the lead role in any point in history, with full cast and costume on an authentic set – and focuses on a sad, aging cartoonist (Daniel Auteuil, in a late...

Date: Thursday 5 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - La Belle Époque


NZIFF - Brittany Runs a Marathon

NZIFF - Brittany Runs a Marathon

Jillian Bell (Workaholics, Rough Night) stars in this Audience Award-winning Sundance comedy about a New York slacker who takes up running in the hopes of getting her life back on track. Tickets are available online through Ticketek, from the front desk at MTG or the box office at the Napier...

Date: Friday 6 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Brittany Runs a Marathon


NZIFF - Beats

NZIFF - Beats

As EDM and ecstasy-fuelled raves are targeted by 90s lawmakers, two downtrodden Glasgow teenagers are determined to taste the action. Director Brian Welsh (The Entire History of You) makes it a night to remember. Dour reality meets its nemesis in 90s rave culture in this exuberant memoir of...

Date: Friday 6 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Beats


NZIFF - New Zealand’s Best 2019

NZIFF - New Zealand’s Best 2019

Check out the year’s best New Zealand short films as chosen by this year’s guest selector Jane Campion, from a shortlist drawn up by NZIFF programmers from a total of 91 entries. - Nancy From Now On - Krystal - Egg Cup Requiem - Golden Boy - Our Father - Hinekura New Zealand...

Date: Saturday 7 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - New Zealand’s Best 2019


NZIFF - Kind Hearts and Coronets

NZIFF - Kind Hearts and Coronets

Celebrating its 70th birthday in a pristine digital restoration, director Robert Hamer’s Kind Hearts and Coronets upholds its position as one of the funniest, most perfectly pitched black comedies ever made. Dennis Price is the living embodiment of wronged entitlement as Louis Mazzini, a...

Date: Saturday 7 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Kind Hearts and Coronets


NZIFF - Portrait of a Lady on Fire

NZIFF - Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes, Céline Sciamma’s striking 18th-century tale of romantic obsession burns bright with female desire and the craft of a masterful filmmaker. Between Water Lillies, Tomboy and Girlhood, outstanding French director Céline Sciamma has...

Date: Saturday 7 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Portrait of a Lady on Fire


NZIFF - Vivarium

NZIFF - Vivarium

A gripping dystopian nightmare to surpass the very best Black Mirror episodes, Vivarium centres on Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg), a young couple who dream of purchasing a first home. After meeting Martin, a rather odd real estate agent, they agree to visit a surreal new housing...

Date: Saturday 7 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Vivarium


NZIFF - Mrs Lowry & Son

NZIFF - Mrs Lowry & Son

Timothy Spall plays English painter L.S. Lowry – here a frustrated artist in 1930s Lancashire – and Vanessa Redgrave his bed-ridden, domineering mother, in this popular play-turned-biopic. Having already played J.M.W. Turner to great acclaim, Timothy Spall takes on another English painter...

Date: Sunday 8 September to Thursday 12 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Mrs Lowry & Son


NZIFF - Helen Kelly – Together

NZIFF - Helen Kelly – Together

An intimate, inspirational portrait of Helen Kelly in the last year of her life, Together tells the story of a woman whose advocacy and generosity changed the lives of countless New Zealanders. Brilliant, funny and indefatigable, Helen Kelly was a giant of social justice movements in New...

Date: Sunday 8 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Helen Kelly – Together


NZIFF - Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

NZIFF - Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Nick Broomfield’s evocative memoir traces the enduring relationship between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, the inspiration behind such seminal songs in the folksinger’s oeuvre as ‘So Long, Marianne’. Traversing time, from the early 1960s when the pair first met on Hydra, a sun- and...

Date: Sunday 8 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love


NZIFF - Loro

NZIFF - Loro

Queasy and compelling in equal measure, Paolo Sorrentino’s sprawling portrait of Silvio Berlusconi – played with oily charisma by the director’s regular leading man, Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) – is presented in its feature-length international version. It’s 2006. Berlusconi’s...

Date: Sunday 8 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Loro


NZIFF - Halston

NZIFF - Halston

The astounding career and chequered business history of the American design genius who revolutionised fashion in the 1970s are recalled in this fittingly epic new documentary from the director of Dior and I. In the year’s most spectacular fashion documentary, writer-director Frédéric Tcheng...

Date: Monday 9 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Halston


NZIFF - Non-Fiction

NZIFF - Non-Fiction

The murky line between reality and fiction goes under the microscope – and the sheets – in Olivier Assayas’s chatty, up-to-the minute treatment of the French literary world, with Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet. Long-time festival favourite Olivier Assayas (Cold Water, Summer Hours)...

Date: Monday 9 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Non-Fiction


Matthew Barley and Stephen de Pledge

Matthew Barley and Stephen de Pledge

Impressionistic colours of light and shade echo across the centuries reflecting some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written for the cello. Offering choice works of cello and piano in a programme of exquisite symmetry, from the languishing Andante in Bach’s Cello Sonata, and the...

Date: Tuesday 10 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Matthew Barley and Stephen de Pledge


NZIFF - For My Father’s Kingdom

NZIFF - For My Father’s Kingdom

Pasifika filmmakers Vea Mafile’o and Jeremiah Tauamiti direct this intimate, clear-eyed documentary centred on the faith, love and fatherhood of Saia Mafile’o, and his four children. Aotearoa isn’t always the land of milk and honey it promises to be. Throughout the life of Saia Mafile’o...

Date: Wednesday 11 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - For My Father’s Kingdom


NZIFF - Judy & Punch

NZIFF - Judy & Punch

Punch & Judy’s traditional puppet theatre receives an offbeat and subversive twist in this deliciously dark tale of revenge starring Mia Wasikowska. Actor-turned-filmmaker Mirrah Foulkes directs this highly original, endlessly inventive feminist spin on the classic puppet show. Mia Wasikowska...

Date: Wednesday 11 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Judy & Punch


NZIFF - Photograph

NZIFF - Photograph

A street photographer convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée in this sweet and tender romance that unfolds amongst the chaotic streets of Mumbai. From the director of The Lunchbox. Ritesh Batra returns to the Mumbai streets of his festival favourite The Lunchbox (NZIFF14) with this...

Date: Thursday 12 September to Sunday 15 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Photograph


NZIFF - Inna de Yard

NZIFF - Inna de Yard

Beyond Bob Marley, Inna de Yard dives deep into the soul of reggae music, the die-hard singers and songwriters who were there from the beginning, and the Jamaican sound and spirit. Reggae legends including Cedric Myton, Kiddus I and Ken Boothe reminiscence while jamming out their greatest hits...

Date: Thursday 12 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Inna de Yard


NZIFF - Sibyl

NZIFF - Sibyl

Exploring psychotherapy, boundaries and obsession, Justine Triet’s film deliciously portrays the creative crisis of a shrink-wannabe-author, who steals her actress patient’s story for a novel. “The Sibyl of the film’s title, portrayed by Virginie Efira, is a psychologist weaning off her...

Date: Friday 13 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Sibyl


NZIFF - Ruben Brandt, Collector

NZIFF - Ruben Brandt, Collector

Boasting batshit surreal imagery, fist-pumping action sequences and a wall-to-wall shrine of art and cinema references, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a new milestone for animated invention. Art heist thriller, brooding neo-noir, bombastic action blockbuster and hallucinatory freak-out all at once,...

Date: Friday 13 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Ruben Brandt, Collector


NZIFF - Walking on Water

NZIFF - Walking on Water

Octogenarian Christo wraps up a miraculous career with a spectacular network of fabric walkways over an Italian lake, in an oft-humorous closeup look at the process of creation, clashes of egos and perils of nature. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have long stunned the world with their monumental...

Date: Saturday 14 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Walking on Water


NZIFF - Yuli

NZIFF - Yuli

Moving between fiction and reality, and harnessing the power of both drama and dance, Cuban ballet dancer and choreographer Carlos Acosta shares his life story, from a barely interested kid to one of the greats. This adventurous depiction of the life and success of ballet dancer Carlos Acosta...

Date: Saturday 14 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Yuli


NZIFF - American Woman

NZIFF - American Woman

A sweeping character study centred on a teenager’s disappearance – and a mother’s determination to live through the tragedy – in blue collar Pennsylvania. With Sienna Miller, Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks. Sienna Miller is superb as a mother struggling to move on – and move...

Date: Saturday 14 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - American Woman


NZIFF - The Whistlers

NZIFF - The Whistlers

Breathing new life into the Romanian New Wave, Corneliu Porumboiu crafts a rollicking genre movie set in sun-soaked Spain, where the best laid plans of a bent cop hinge on learning a secret local whistling dialect. “With his entertaining noir The Whistlers, a polished mashup of genre motifs...

Date: Saturday 14 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Whistlers


NZIFF - The Biggest Little Farm

NZIFF - The Biggest Little Farm

A city slicker couple turned progressive eco-farmers transform a barren orchard into a thriving landscape in this inspirational sustainability documentary. Who hasn’t fantasised about ditching their city day job for a simpler life on the land? For John and Molly Chester, this journey begins...

Date: Saturday 31 August to Sunday 15 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Biggest Little Farm


NZIFF - Maria by Callas

NZIFF - Maria by Callas

The legendary opera singer, once described as “pure electricity” by Leonard Bernstein, eloquently recounts her life and career through interviews, unpublished letters, diaries and memoirs – and, especially, through her mesmerising performances – in a riveting self-portrait. “Maria by...

Date: Sunday 15 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - Maria by Callas


NZIFF - The Nightingale

NZIFF - The Nightingale

For her follow-up to The Babadook (NZIFF14), Aussie auteur Jennifer Kent pivots to an entirely different brand of horror. A bleak, bloody revenge Western, her sophomore effort The Nightingale takes a cold, hard stare at her country’s history of colonial violence – and the results are genuinely...

Date: Sunday 15 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIFF - The Nightingale


Free
NZIA Aon Gold Medal Lecture Series - Jeremy Salmond

NZIA Aon Gold Medal Lecture Series - Jeremy Salmond

Jeremy Salmond, the latest recipient of New Zealand architecture’s premier award, will speak in Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, Napier and Queenstown during the course of the NZIA Aon Gold Medal Lecture Series. Across nearly five decades, Jeremy Salmond has forged a reputation as...

Date: Tuesday 24 September
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - NZIA Aon Gold Medal Lecture Series - Jeremy Salmond


October 2019

Taonga Moana - A Love Letter to The Oceans

Taonga Moana - A Love Letter to The Oceans

New Zealand’s premier national chamber choir Voices New Zealand perform a stunning musical and visual reminder about the beauty and importance of our oceans, essential to survival on our planet. This inspiring concert celebrates our oceans as taonga with uplifting and moving music from around the...

Date: Friday 18 October
Where:
MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Read more » - Taonga Moana - A Love Letter to The Oceans


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