Doc Edge Festival – Auckland – 30 May to 9 June 2019

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Showcasing the most popular and groundbreaking documentaries,
Doc Edge, Australasia’s premier & Academy Award qualifying film festival, returns to Q Theatre celebrating its 14th anniversary.

2019 Programme Summary65 true stories
This year, you will find a variety selections of premium documentaries from world festival favourites to celebrations of whānau and fearless wāhine. Also, there are 8 categories carefully curated by Doc Edge investigations of crime & conspiracy, explorations everyday life & artistic excellence, and much more.

Documentaries and Events or Programme (flipbook).

Doc Edge 2019 goes live with remarkable programme of 65 films. Mindfood. May 8, 2019.
20 Documentaries you cannot miss at the 14th Documentary Edge Festival: Part 1 and Part 2.

Doc Edge Exhibition
The third Doc Edge Exhibition features a selection of fourteen international experiences covering VR, AR and installations, as well as digital interactive projects.

When and Where

30 May 2019 – 9 June 2019

Q Theatre remains the heart of the Doc Edge Festival.
Additional screenings, exhibitions and industry events will be held at the Auckland Art Gallery and the Ellen Melville Centre.

Doc Edge Exhibition
4 – 7 June 2019
9am – 5pm
Ellen Melville Centre,
2 Freyberg Pl, Auckland.

How Much

Ticket prices and information: Range from free to $250 (Binge Viewing Pass). Full price ticket: $18. Weekday special $12.

Documentaries and Events.

Doc Edge Exhibition is free and open to public.


Doc Edge Festival 2019 is also on twitter @DocEdge , facebook and instagram.

Geek Girls Film Screening With Director Gina Hara – Auckland – 25 October 2018


Premiere screening of Geek Girls a documentary film by Gina Hara.

The hidden half of nerd culture.

Geek Girls is the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women. Although geeky communities have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis.

Filmmaker Gina Hara addresses this oversight by delving into a world of professional gamers, cute dresses, fake names, and death threats; she follows her subjects through the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of ostracization while also exploring her own struggles with her geek identity.

Gina Hara was born in Budapest, Hungary. She is an acclaimed filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology, interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture.

For the first time in Auckland, Gina Hara will attend a screening of her documentary Geek Girls for a Q&A after the session.

When and Where

Thursday 25 October 2018
6pm – 8:30pm

Hoyts Cinema: Sylvia Park,
286 Mt Wellington Highway
Mt Wellington

How Much

$25 + $1.75 booking fee


Geek Girls Film Website
Eventfinda page for screening
Buy Tickets

Scifi Quiz + Venom the Movie – Wellington – 7 October 2018


The scif-quiz followed by the Marvel Movie Venom starring Tom Hardy (Tom Hardy is awesome at dark characters!).

Tickets are up – please buy your own ticket in row F. Work your way out from the middle seats to sit with us.

Quiz: 4:30pm at The Tasting Room
Movie: 6:00pm at The Embassy

You can do just the quiz, just the movie or both.

Meetup Group: Improbable & Impossible – Sci-Fi & Fantasy

A book, movie and social club. Every member is given event management rights. You see something you think other members will be interested in, create an event.

We have a regular meeting once a month to chat, plan, swap books etc.

When and Where

Sunday, October 7, 2018
4:30pm to 8:30pm

Quiz at 4:30pm
The Tasting Room
Cnr Courtney Place & Cambridge Terrace

Movie at 6pm
The Embassy Theatre
10 Kent Terrace,
Mount Victoria,

How Much

Standard Movie prices – Approx $20


Meetup page for the event
Improbable & Impossible – Sci-Fi & Fantasy Group

NZIFF: Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms – Auckland – 24, 27 and 28 July 2018

Paul Callaghan


Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms (2018)
Directed by Shirley Horrocks

Shirley Horrocks, cine-biographer of many notable New Zealand artists, delivers an invaluable survey of the work and legacy of one of our most exceptional scientists and public figures.

Shirley Horrocks will present her film in person at its NZIFF screenings. There’ll be a Q+A at the following screenings.

Sir Paul Callaghan, physicist, science communicator, entrepreneur and 2011 New Zealander of the year, died in 2012, of cancer, when he was in his prime. As well as doing research into nuclear magnetic resonance, he was writing books, giving public lectures and sharing his vision of a prosperous and predator-free New Zealand – “a place,” he said, “where talent wants to live.”

Shirley Horrocks, who met Callaghan while making her 2012 film Venus: A Quest, focuses here on his life in science. Through big brother Jim, classmates, colleagues and Callaghan himself – in a series of interviews filmed in 2010 – we journey from Callaghan’s childhood in Whanganui, to his work at Massey University, then to Victoria University of Wellington and the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. There are dramatisations of schoolboy high jinks and footage from Callaghan’s trips to Antarctica.

Callaghan’s life, and the film, takes a turn after his move to Wellington, where he applied himself beyond physics to art–science collaborations, economics and conservation. “Suddenly it became OK for scientists to work with artists,” says physicist Shaun Hendy about his former mentor. Poet Bill Manhire, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, broadcaster Kim Hill and Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor are among those who describe how Callaghan expanded the conversation between science and wider society and rallied people to his causes, many of which continue after his death.

Anyone who knew Paul, or was affected by his work, will want to see this tribute. — Rebecca Priestley

When and Where

6:15 PM, 24 July 2018 at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

11:45 AM, 27 July 2018 at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket.

1:45 PM, 28 July 2018 at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket.

Duration: 103 minutes

How Much

The Tuesday 24 July screening is a special fundraiser presentation with the proceeds going to the Cancer Society of NZ. Ticket details can be found on the Ticket Pricing page.

Link for purchasing tickets


Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms (2018) – NZIFF Auckland, NZ On Screen (with trailer),

NZ International Film Festival in Auckland on 19 July – 12 August 2018. Meet the filmmakers.