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Live Live Cinema - Carnival of Souls


Fri 11 Oct 2013, 6:30pm
Sat 12 Oct 2013, 6:30pm

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $28.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Group Booking 6+: $23.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Alex Ellis

The ultimate 4D movie experience

A cinematic breath of fresh air, a theatrical reimagining, Live Live Cinema, created and composed by Leon Radojkovic and directed by Oliver Driver, is a heady fusion of theatre, film, music and live performance.

Taking its cue from those old silent movies that had live music played from a dusty organ, Live Live Cinema takes things to a whole new level, adding not only a new sound track played by a live band but also throwing in some actors and a Foley artist to recreate all the audio including dialogue for the film live on stage during the screening.

Live Live Cinema comes to a theatre near you this October with two movies given the Live Live Cinema treatment. The world premiere of a little seen black and white thriller by Francis Ford Coppola Dementia 13 and the highly anticipated return of the acclaimed 1960s horror Carnival of Souls.

Seven musicians, four actors and one brave Foley artist bring the film to life with a new live soundtrack using a combination of mechanical and digital sound design. Together they recreate every musical note, line of dialogue, horrified scream, and mysterious footstep live on stage, while the film looms large behind them.

With each intake of breath, or note played they emphasise meanings, enhance moods and change the atmosphere at the drop of a hat as they manipulate the audience through a rollercoaster of emotion, from light hearted giggles to absolute fear.

A stellar cast of New Zealand actors, Cameron Rhodes, Fern Sutherland, Bronwyn Bradley and Charlie McDermott as well as musicians from Leon’s band Dr Colossus and Foley artist Gareth Van Niekerk bring both these cinematic gems of gothic horror to life.

It’s immersive, musical and theatrical and not to be missed.

Return Season - Carnival of Souls

Praised for its gorgeous cinematography, Carnival of Souls recounts the beautiful organ player Mary Henry’s descent down a nightmarish rabbit-hole of madness following her improbable survival of a car wreck.
"'s possible that it plays better today than when it was released. It ventures to the edge of camp, but never strays across the line, taking itself with an eerie seriousness." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
The stunningly atmospheric and dreamily surreal film was the first to be given the Live Live treatment – and returns again for two performances only alongside Dementia 13.

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