- Writer Director: Jane Campion
SAM NEILL RETROSPECTIVE
Central Cinema proudly presents a festival of seven films, handpicked by, and starring, our patron Sam Neill.
Treat yourself to excellent cinema, convivial company and a festival atmosphere.
With such a long and illustrious career behind him, it was difficult to narrow down the selection, but Sam chose these movies as representing some of his best work, coupled with fond memories of the shoots and working alongside some of his favourite people.
This is cinema that fills every sense.
Lizzie Francke, Sight & Sound
This movie needs no introduction, so we will just remind you that the lush scenery, wonderful score, and fantastic direction by Jane Campion all lend themselves to the big screen.
Immerse yourself in colonial New Zealand and soak up the stellar performances of a star-studded cast, including, of course, Sam Neill as Alisdair, the brutal settler who purchases Ada (Holly Hunter) as his wife and has no idea how to connect with her.
As tender, remarkable and sincere as drama comes.
Hannah Strong, Little White Lies
Flawless filmmaking abounds throughout, building to a gripping climax that is impossible to forget.
Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
The film is a masterclass in dramatic structure and rolls through Campion’s meticulous screenplay beats with effortless elan, right up to the axe-wielding climax. Almost the perfect film.
Kevin Maher, Times (UK)