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John wants out, so he’s taking a break from his high maintenance boyfriend
Cock, by Mike Bartlett

July 20 - August 12, 2017 at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre. Sometimes love is worth a good fight. Liberated from Mr Co-Dependent, the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Now John is stuck in a total boy-meets-girl meets-boyfriend dilemma. Caught in a maelstrom of possibility, guilt and indecision, he reckons there’s only one way to straighten it out.
A stirring and moving exploration of the ACT UP movement
BPM (Beats Per Minute)

July 21 - August 4, 2017. A wary newcomer to the radical activist life risks his heart with one of the firecracker stars in the movement that protested government inaction on AIDS in 1990s Paris. Arnaud Valois plays Nathan, an HIV-negative newcomer to the movement who falls for Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), HIV-positive and irresistibly impatient with the more pragmatic leaders.
Sebastián Lelio celebrates the endurance of a woman under suspicion of murder
A Fantastic Woman

July 21 - August 4, 2017. A resoundingly affirmative portrait of a marginalised woman holding her ground. Santiago bar singer Marina Vidal, played by the sensational trans actress Daniela Vega in her screen debut, is headstrong, vivacious and happily in love. When her lover dies, Marina finds herself, a trans woman living with an older man, immediately suspected of foul play.
A story-telling monster helps a sleeping boy with waking-life nightmares
A Monster Calls

July 21 - August 5, 2017. 12-year-old Conor is a lonely English kid. His father lives in California, his mother is terminally ill, and his grandmother makes a chilly substitute. His sole companion, a giant tree creature, appears nightly with fantastic tales of apothecaries and kings, handsome princes and wicked stepmothers, challenging him to discover truth that might give him strength.
The origins of Jeffrey Dahmer as an infamous serial killer
My Friend Dahmer

July 22, 2017 at Hollywood Avondale + July 25th at Event Cinemas Queen Street. An unusual and insightful teen movie, based on the recollections of one of Dahmer’s high school classmates. Like Bundy, Manson and Gacy before him, we all know of the sandy-haired, handsome Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed, and sometimes chewed on, 17 young men and boys. A slow-burn coming-of-rage story.
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s adaptation of his tale of survival in Klong Prem Prison
A Prayer Before Dawn

July 23-25, 2017. British junkie-turned-pugilist Billy Moore’s Thai prison memoir is a big, bleeding feat of extreme cinema, given elevating human dimension by rising star Joe Cole’s ferociously physical lead performance - a film that mixes down-and-dirty fight-night thrills with a kind of heightened sensory experimentalism, hypnotically fixated with bodies and motion.
Kiki, el amor se hace - directed by Paco Léon
Kiki, Love to Love

July 23 - August 4, 2017 at Hollywood Avondale and Rialto Cinemas Newmarket. Anyone for harpaxophilia? How about somnophilia? In five intertwined mini-romcoms, Paco León’s homeland hit finds comedy and a little pathos in the mismatched sexual kinks of a group of interconnected Spaniards.
O Ornitólogo - directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
The Ornithologist

July 24 + 26, 2017. A seductively meandering, playfully queer and richly cinematic riff on the St Anthony of Padua legend, A classic man-in-a-forest motif in a strange journey of self-discovery, as ever-more disorienting narrative turns into the horrific, the erotic and the absurd; a pilgrimage through a strange series of encounters with animals, humans and perhaps creatures in between.
Ukwaluka: Xhosa tradition of circumcision, healing, fasting & manhood-proving
The Wound

July 24-27, 2017. The life of city boy Xolani comes apart as his secret and forbidden love is revealed to men of his community during the journey of his age-group of teenagers to the mountains for initiation into manhood. The hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity will be an eye-opener to outsiders, and some South Africans too. - Variety.
Luca Guadagnino's languorous, sun-filled, empathetic tale of first love
Call Me by Your Name

July 28-30, 2017. Elio, a smart, musically gifted 17-year-old hangs out in the summer of 1983 with his parents at their villa in northern Italy. His father’s brash and handsome American research assistant sets local hearts aflutter and irritates Elio, but the two increasingly find themselves together. A dance of attraction and retreat begins and gradually consumes them both.
John Waters’ precursor to Pink Flamingos is back in all its filthy glory
Multiple Maniacs

July 28 - August 2, 2017. In a pristine digital restoration, drag queen icon Divine is the driving force behind Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversions - sticking its finger to both mainstream and counterculture. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, an outrageous slice of anti-establishment grunge inspired by the schlocky gore of H.G. Lewis’ Two Thousand Maniacs.
A striking, horror-tinged portrait of feckless suburban youth -by Kevin Phillips
Super Dark Times

July 29, 2017 at Hollywood Avondale + July 31st at EC Queen St. The bond between two best friends, Zach and Josh, drifting through adolescence in mid-90s upstate New York, is shattered by violent tragedy. A meticulous study of adolescence morphs into a terrifying and brutally effective thriller - a change so dramatic that many viewers will feel as if they’ve been sucker punched.
Brokeback Mountain for less homophobic age / double service in xenophobic age
God’s Own Country, by Francis Lee

August 2-3, 2017. Johnny, a young Yorkshire sheep farmer keeps the family farm going after his father's stroke -- finding scant relief from his labor with binge drinking and roughhouse sex with men. Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, hired to help with lambing season, confronts Johnny with his first feelings of love, and forces him into a self-enforced ultimatum about his future.
Eliza Hittman’s startlingly sensual study of conflicted masculinity
Beach Rats

August 5-6, 2017. A Brooklyn teenager leads a perilous double life, cruising older men online while playing straight to homophobic homies. Harris Dickinson plays a teenager projecting a front of churlish masculinity with friends and his hotshot girlfriend, but craving the tenderness of men and mourning the slow decline of his dying father. Every frame pulses with desire and its denial.
‘One Community’
Auckland Pride Festival, Parade, Party...

February 2-18, 2018, with February 17th Parade. Past year featured FRI Auckland Pride Gala. SUN - Big Gay Out + Bear New Zealand Week. FRI - Same Same But Different Writer’s Festival. SAT – SUN - Heroic Garden Festival. SAT - Auckland Pride Parade down Ponsonby Road from Three Lamps to Western Park, with fabulous floats and a carnival atmosphere. See event updates:
Hosted by the Bear New Zealand group and NZAF's Love Your Condom campaign
Bear New Zealand Week 2018 - Bears In Spaaaace

February 6-11, 2018. Events are being lined up to celebrate the 9th Furry Festival. Awesome week of fun includes the crowning of Mr Urge Bear NZ 2018. Past year included: Big Gay Out; Bears Flash Mob; Bear Drag Race; Bears Help Out + UnderBear Party; Bear Comedy Night; Mr Bear New Zealand contest; Auckland Pride Parade + Dance Party; Bye Bye Bears. See updates for this year:
With a plethora of local and international artists
Auckland Fringe Festival 2018

February - March, 2018 at Q Theatre. "Auckland Fringe is the catalyst for the most exciting, outrageous and unique events in the Auckland cultural calendar ...a diverse range of artists, kick-ass squished face aesthetic, and the kind of anarchic buzz little seen since punk went mainstream ...a bangin' lineup of comedy, cabaret, theatre, puppetry, dance, and more!"
A great place to live & visit!
Auckland Arts Festival

March, 2018. Auckland's biennial premier festival of art and culture, including theater, dance, music and visual art. A biennial celebration of the unique characteristics of Auckland, its Pacific Rim location and the people who live here. See program & venue information online.
102,468 tickets sold in 2016
New Zealand International Film Festival

July 19 - August 5, 2018 at various venues including SkyCity Theatre. Three weeks of screenings at the annual Auckland Film Festival along along with associated festivals around New Zealand. This past year included 184 feature films and shorts. See film program listing and dates for 2018 at: