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Seaweek - Cinema Event: The Rising Gale


Sun 26 Feb 2017, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: GNS Science, 1 Fairway Dr, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: seaweek

“The film provides a way for the community to talk about its river.”

Murray Hewitt

Located at bore and river sites across the valley with performances by local artists and cultural groups. Music and stories are being selected to accompany an audacious film that maps the aquifer and Hutt river - flying majestically above the water in real time, from Taita to Matiu Somes Island.

Saturday 25 February from 9pm to 10pm at Taita College Poly Club – Nash St, Taita: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event.

Sunday 26 February from 8pm to 9pm at GNS Science, 1 Fairway Dr, Avalon: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event.

Thursday 2 March 2017 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm at Gear Island Water Treatment Park, the end of Jackson Street; Hutt River; Petone: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event with sound artist Jason Wright.

Free but limited places so please email to book at –

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm at Riverbank, Melling Bridge, Lower Hutt: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event with performances by Ssendam Rawkustra and Mix-Music Mania.

Today straightened and accompanied by a state highway, Hutt River winds its way through the Hutt Valley, before spilling out into Wellington harbour. Below valley and harbour is an enormous aquifer fed by water entering the ground from the river at Taita Gorge. Water from the aquifer comes into the Wellington region’s pipes through a pumping station at Waterloo, but there are many bore sites stretching from Taita to Matiu Somes Island.

A prominent visual landmark and significant recreational asset, the river means many things to many people. Meanwhile, public access through bores to natural artesian drinking water from the aquifer has also become increasingly celebrated.

For Murray Hewitt’s project, the river and aquifer gets a new kind of accompaniment. A series of outdoor live cinema events involving local community cultural groups across the valley, follows a daring local experiment with drone videography. Hewitt uses film and performance in experimental ways to enable the community to express its relationship to its river and aquifer. Hewitt celebrates the many different relationships to the river as braids that make up the Hutt community.

Filmed, the river will act as a moving visual score for local artists to compose and make music too, adding their stories and cultural perspectives to its bed. Working with Hutt drone flight school RPA Ltd. Hewitt is mapping the aquifer.

Key to the project are a planned series of five performances during the Common Ground week at bore sites along the river, with the five different community cultural groups.

The film takes in the river, five bridges, an island and the sea as formal visual elements, with this film then given to a range of local musical and cultural groups to provide stories, waiata and music to. They become the sounds of the river – its movement and shape connected to the community as its performer.

“The river bed becomes like a wavelength,” writes Hewitt.”It gives a beat, a frame within which the community may contribute.”

Please look at the website and Facebook for more information.

Contact: Mark Amery
Email: or Phone: (027) 356-6128

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