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Film Screenings for Art Week 29 Oct – 4 Nov 2012

This week is Art Week and there are multiple free documentary screenings to choose from!

Darwin’s Nightmare

When: 6pm Wednesday 31 October

Where: Room 242, Science Centre, 23 Symonds St

Film: Darwin’s Nightmare (2004, 107 mins)

Director: Hubert Sauper

Synopsis: Some time in the 1960s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, this new gigantic fish multiplied incredibly fast, and its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo: Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the African continent. This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World Bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

Screenings at Britomart Country Club in Galway St

Note that the films and times are slightly different to what was sent out last week.

Monday 29th Oct 8pm
Culture Jam: Hijacking Commercial Culture  (57 mins)

Tues 30th Oct 8:30pm
Manufactured Landscapes (90 mins)

Thurs 1st Nov 8:30pm
Manufactured Landscapes

Sat 3rd Nov 8:30pm
Manufactured Landscapes

Sun 4th Nov 12pm
The Yes Men Fix the World (87 mins)

Free Documentary Screenings at The University of Auckland for Art Week

Cinema Politica Screening Wednesday 24 October 

Details of this week’s free ‘Cinema Politica’ documentary screening at The University of Auckland:

  • When: 6pm, Wednesday 24 October
  • Where: Room 242, Science Centre, 23 Symonds St (follow the arrows)
  • Film: Bad Girl (58 mins)
  • Director: Marielle Nitoslawska

Synopsis: How does imagery influence the development of sexual identities and how might representations of sexuality change the way we understand it? The male-dominated multi-billion-dollar mainstream pornography industry recreates a restrictive image of sexuality, but growing numbers of women directors are offering alternative visions of female desire. Marielle Nitoslawska’s 2002 film Bad Girl investigates explicit representations of female sexuality by women, exploring the pragmatic and philosophical questions they pose, with emphasis on the ways in which the creation of women-friendly pornography confronts and alters the expectations of male consumers. Ultimately, Nitoslawska is concerned with how we comprehend desire, gender and identity, how we understand and represent its history, and the resulting affect on culture and human relations.

Art Week Screenings

Next week the university is holding a series of screenings at Britomart Country Club to celebrate Art Week (in addition to the usual Wednesday night film).

Manufactured Landscapes will be screened three times: 

  • Tuesday 30 October, 8.30pm
  • Thursday 1 November, 8.30pm
  • Saturday 3 November, 8.30pm
Synopsis: MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. 
Manufactured Landscapes was chosen because it’s very visual and doesn’t have a lot of sound so it can be played in the background while bands play.


Culture Jamming will be screened once 
  • Sunday 4 November, 8.00pm
Synopsis: A new breed of revolutionary stands poised along our information highways waging war on logos and symbols. They’re “Culture Jammers” and their mission is to artfully reclaim our mental environment and cause a bit of brand damage to corporate mindshare. Director Jill Sharpe’s subversively savvy one-hour documentary film – culturejam – Hijacking Commercial Culture- bursts our last bubble of illusion about free speech in public space and gives us spanking brand-new hope at the same time. Scream at the TV, but don’t touch that dial! Yet. In the hour long film, Culture Jam: Hijacking Commercial Culture, we follow three outlandish jammers; media tigress Carly Stasko, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, and Jack Napier with the Billboard Liberation Front.

All welcome.

Please pass on to family and friends who may be interested.

Details on the rest of the Art Week events are available here: http://artweekauckland.co.nz/events

Happy Mental-Health Awareness Week! 8 – 14 October 2012

“Take Time, Take a Breath, Take Notice” – That’s the theme for Mental-Health Awareness Week this year and there are a number of events taking place!

Click here to find an event in your area.

Colours To Wellbeing in Wellington – 11 October 12:00pm-12:30pm and 1:00pm-1:30pm: Look out for people with coloured boards across Lambton Quay and Courtney Place. Follow their information Trail, Keep Learning and Be Active.

NZ College of Clinical Psychologists Free Public Mental Health Day in Wellington

  • On:         13 October
  • At:          Wellington Public Library
  • From:    10:00am-5:00pm

The NZCCP Wellington Branch is running a free to the public mental health day on Saturday 13th of October. This event will consist of a series of talks given by clinical psychologists, and consumers of mental health services. It will aim to enhance mental health awareness, reduce stigmatization, quash common misconceptions, and introduce ways to maintain wellness. It will be an opportunity to provide relevant information to the public in a relaxed, informal environment.


  • Caroline Greig
  • Email: office@nzccp.co.nz
  • Phone: 04 801 6088

Mindfulness in Hamilton: An introductory session on Tuesday October 9 at 5.30-6.30 at Houchens Retreat House, Houchens Rd, Glenview, Hamilton. Prospective participants will then be seen individually, and the programme begins on Tuesday October 26. The programme facilitators, Mindfulness Waikato, are all registered clinical psychologists with personal commitment to mindfulness. Contact: Philippa Thomas Email: philippa@tpc.org.nz Phone: 07 846 6907

The Changing Minds FREE Film Festival: www.facebook.com/events/303402966433595/

***Wednesday 10 October – Academy Cinema***

    • 12:30 – Screening: Crooked Beauty (30 mins), Mental Notes (75 mins) = 105mins
    • 8:30 – Screening: Extrajanero(5mins), Squeegee Bandit (75mins) = 80mins

***Saturday 13 October – Kenneth Myers Centre***

    • 1:00 – A History of Madness through NZ TV and Cinema (75 mins) – Mark Sweeney (NZFA)
    • 4:00 – Screening: Black & White (17mins), Mental Notes (75 mins)
    • 5:40 – Panel Discussion -“How can film-makers represent diverse human experience in order to create positive social change?”

The Do a Little Dance Festival: Upload a video of yourself or check out other people’s little moments of fun on the Mental Health Foundation website. www.mentalhealth.org.nz/page/1221-do-a-little-dance-2012

Forum: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: Are we ‘criminalising’ mental illness?

 A forum by JustSpeak Auckland. Come along to The Faculty of Law from 6.15pm for kai, with the forum kicking off at 6.30pm. There will be time for discussion and more kai following our panel of speakers

  • On:         11 October
  • At:          Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, 6 Eden Crescent
  • From:    6:15pm-8:30pm


  • Danielle Kelly
  • Email: danielle.kelly@auckland.ac.nz
  • Phone: 021 280 2085

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK Film Festival 8 – 13 October 2012

A Mind Altering Film Festival – media release

Films can change the way in which people view others.  Changing Minds, an Auckland-based not for profit organisation is putting on a free Film Festival as part of the Big reTHINK for Mental Health Awareness Week (8-13 October 2012).

Changing Minds take the view that “mental illness” is something that belongs within a social context and this is something that is reflected in the festival’s programming.  “We’re told time and time again that we have a mental health crisis in New Zealand and I think it is important to remember that “mental illness” isn’t something that exists within a vacuum – there is always a wider social context.” says Tina Helm, manager of Changing Minds.

The programme will include American documentary Crooked Beauty – a truly cinematic and philosophical experience that takes the viewer on a journey through the space between trauma, madness, and brilliance.  Mental Notes will also feature – a film that has caused something of a stir throughout the country and has people asking why New Zealand hasn’t apologised for the human rights injustices of the asylum days.  A presentation and panel discussion will be held on Saturday 13th October to address the representation of “mental illness” in New Zealand cinema, with film experts: Mark Sweeny (NZ Film Archive), Jim Marbrook (film-maker Mental Notes) and Dr Dean Manley (PhD Film).

The film festival will be held across two venues – Academy Cinema and Kenneth Myers Centre and is being supported by the New Zealand Film Archive and the Waitemata Local board.  The entire programme will be available for free to ensure that there are no barriers to access for unwaged or on low income.  The full programme is yet to be released.

For updates follow the Changing Minds Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/changingminds.nz

Changing Minds provide information and advocacy services to people who experience mental health issues or addiction issues.

For more information, please contact us by emailing us on the addresses above or by calling Tina on 09 623 1763 or Campbell on 09 623 1762

Insatiable Moon Screens in Mental Health Awareness Week

The Insatiable Moon and Mental Health Awareness Week

Maori Television and The Insatiable Moon are proud to announce a special television
event as the climax to Mental Health Awareness Week 2012 (Oct 8 – Oct 14).

On Sunday 14th October, at 8.30pm, Maori Television will be showing The Insatiable
Moon, immediately followed by the associated documentary Lunatic: Destigmatizing
Mental Illness with Arthur of Ponsonby.

This event is being specifically hosted by Maori Television as an incentive to the general
public to ‘Take Notice’ of issues around mental health, and particularly the stigma
experienced by those with lived experience of mental distress.

The film is remarkable in being both popular and award-winning, at the same time as
exploring significant issues. It was sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation in NZ, and
the Solihull Trust in the UK. This movie has been used globally to raise awareness in the
field of mental health.

We write to ask you to take this fabulous opportunity of provoking discussion by promoting
the screening to all your supporters. With all the wonderful activities scheduled for the
week, The Insatiable Moon and Lunatic will provide a fitting conclusion, and a chance to
raise important topics for the New Zealand community.

Please don’t miss this uniquely positive portrayal of mental illness – these opportunities
come around all too rarely.

And don’t forget to support and encourage the good people at Maori Television for their
contribution to Mental Health Awareness Week.

Noho ora mai,
Mike Riddell

Intersex Awareness Workshop and Documentary Screening: 18 August 2012

Take It From Us Radio Commemorates the Life of Peter Finlay: 3 July 2012

On Tuesday July 3, Take It From Us commemorates the life of Peter Finlay who died unexpectedly in late June. Peter was a celebrity, author, writer, and movie star, all as a result of his experience with mental health challenges. This broadcast was recorded in 2010 just two days before the launch of Peter’s book, Blue Messiah, and captures his wisdom, personality, humour and character.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget the Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box; our email is takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Work & Recovery on Radio 26 June 2012

Tuesday 26 June on mental-health radio Take It From Us, hear a consumer-story about work and recovery from guest Kerri Butler, a consumer educator and adviser. Kerri will outline the positive impact of her work, and how damaging stigma and discrimination are in recovery.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget our new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box; our email is takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

They’d still like you to complete the listener evaluation survey too – just five minutes to complete and the chance to win Georgie Tutt’s book, Caught between Sunshine & Shadow, living with and managing bi-polar affective disorder: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P9VS9F5

Documentary about Trauma Release Exercises

Here is a link to a short documentary on TRE and its creator (Dr David Berceli) the last time he was in NZ. Just for your information.


Another Chance to See Mental Notes…

Acclaimed Kiwi mental health documentary returns to cinema screens

15 June 2012

Documentary Mental Notes is now returning for limited seasons at select cinemas aroundNew Zealand, after earning critical acclaim and large, enthusiastic audiences earlier this year as part of the World Cinema Showcase.

“I was really gratified with the response the film got during its handful festival screenings,” says Mental Notes’ director Jim Marbrook, who spent three years making the film. “Now I’m really looking forward to sharing the film with more New Zealanders around the country.”

The film’s audience appeal has been reflected in the enthusiastic notices it’s receivedfrom both reviewers and members of New Zealand’s mental health community.

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand chief executive Judi Clements endorses Mental Notes as a reminder “of an era that to a large extent has passed but should not be forgotten” and an illustration of how “practices that may be appropriate, or even seen as good practice, in professional terms in one era may be regarded as totally unacceptable, or even brutal, in the next”.

“Not only does Mental Notes shine a light on an important part of our national history,” agrees Miriam Larsen-Barr, a mental health promoter from Mind and Body Consultants,  “it also shines a light on our infinite capacity as human beings to endure extraordinary circumstances and go on to thrive in life.”

Toi Ora Live Art Trust manager Erwin van Asbeck describes the film as “both an intensely personal and humanely inspirational documentary”.

Taimi Allan, reTHiNK producer/director, says Mental Notes “dissolves the gap between the ‘normal’ people and those committed to an asylum … This film is a must-see for anyone who still believes people with an experience of mental illness should be locked away ‘for their own good’.”

Meanwhile, Dominion Post and Radio New Zealand, National film reviewer Graeme Tuckett recommends Mental Notes as “a stunning film: moving, funny, and – even though I hate this word – important. Go and see it.”

In the NZ Herald, Peter Calder has praised the film for its “measured, unsensationalist tone and its focus on the survivors rather than the historical horrors”, noting that “it’s not simply a catalogue of victimhood; its subjects’ stories are full of humour and hope”; while according to Onfilm’s Helen Martin, “This is a film that will resonate with so many New Zealanders.”

“It was very important to me that the film was embraced by those working in the mental health community and people whose lives have been touched by mental illness,” says Marbrook. “Ultimately, though, the goal was to make a film that didn’t just appeal to a specialised audience, so it’s fantastic Mental Notes has provento have universal appeal.


Confirmed cinema dates for Mental Notes (more to follow soon)

  • 21 June onwards – theParamount,Wellington
  • 23 June onwards – the Academy, Auckland
  • 21-22 & 25-26 June – the Metro, Dunedin
  • 1 & 5 July – the Dome, Gisborne
  • 5 July onwards – the Hollywood, Christchurch.

Mental Notes notes

  • Mental Notes was made with the financial support of the Frozen Funds Trust, a feature film finishing grant from the New Zealand Film Commission, and a reTHiNK Grant from Mind and Body Consultants.