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Olympic Fever

Two very different Olympic stories from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s collection of New Zealand feature films screen for Wellington cinema audiences between 17 and 25 August.
Alex (Megan Simpson, 1993)

The screenings will take place at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington

Alex

Via Satellite (Anthony McCarten, 1998)

NZ/Australia, 1993, 105 mins, G
Screening 7pm Wednesday 17 & Thursday 25 August, tickets $10 / $8
Alex, released in 1993, is the story of a young woman’s quest against setbacks, intense rivalry and personal tragedy to win selection for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Learn more about Alex.

Via Satellite

NZ, 1998, 90 mins, M
Screening 7pm Friday 19 & Wednesday 24 August, tickets $10 / $8
From 1998, Via Satellite is a riotous Kiwi comedy about a family meltdown in the heat of the media spotlight, as their daughter and sister competes at the Olympics. As critic Peter Calder wrote, Via Satellite is: “An effervescent, deftly paced and hilarious gem which will, if there is any justice, take its place alongside Geoff Murphy’s marvellous road riot, Goodbye Pork Pie, among our best indigenous comedies.” Learn more about Via Satellite.