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The Controversial Film Festival


Fri 18 Mar 2016, 8:30pm–10:55pm
Sun 20 Mar 2016, 2:30pm–3:45pm
Fri 25 Mar 2016, 8:30pm–10:05pm
Fri 1 Apr 2016, 8:30pm–10:25pm
Tue 5 Apr 2016, 8:30pm–10:15pm
Sat 9 Apr 2016, 8:30pm–10:30pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.50
  • Student / Senior / Concession: $12.00
  • Freaks Matinee Screening: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Academy Cinemas

Opening Night: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
Friday 18th March 8:30pm
R18 for Strong Violence, Sexual Violence & scenes of torture and degredation.
"Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture in the Nazi puppet state of Salò."
''Pasolini illustrates his belief that society forces people to conform by making his victims turn on each other, then making the audience complicit. Just by watching, we are voyeurs, and Pasolini calls us out in the movie's final moments.'' - Eric Melin

Freaks (1932)
dir. Tod Browning
Sunday 20th March 2:30pm *$5 Tickets*
PG for Adult Themes
"A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance."
''One of the most powerful films ever made about the need for humanity and solidarity in the face of cruelty and oppression.'' -Tom Huddleston Time Out

Kids (1995)
dir. Larry Clark
Friday 25th March 8:30pm
"A day in the life of a group of smoking, drinking, sexually-active teens as they travel around New York City at the height of the AIDs epidemic."
''Frightening, frank and serious, a wake-up call to the world'' - Janet Maslin New York Times

Centrepiece: the Holy Mountain (1973)
dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
Friday 1st April 8:30pm
R18 for Violence and Sex Scenes
"In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment."
''Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is a dazzling, rambling, often incoherent satire on consumerism, militarism and exploitation.'' - Matt Zoller Seitz New York Times

I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
dir. Meir Zarchir
Tuesday 5th April 8:30pm
R18 for Graphic Violence and Sexual Violence
"An aspiring writer is sexually abused, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge."
''A precise and damning indictment of male sexuality, perhaps the most stridently anti-masculine film ever made by a male filmmaker.'' - Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy

Closing Night / NZ Premiere: The Devils (1971)
dir. Ken Russell
Friday 8th April 8:30pm
TBC (Likely R18)
"Hysteria occurs within a city in 17th Century France when Father Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun (Vanessa Redgrave)."
''It’s a blistering, raw attack on governmental misuse and perversion of religion to achieve its own end. While it presents strikingly irreligious imagery, the film itself is not irreligious in the least.'' - Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress

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