To celebrate being able to return to the cinema, Doc Edge and Auckland Live will premiere four extraordinary films at Auckland's iconic venue, The Civic including a free screening of Emmy-nominee The Apollo.

Doc Edge was the first NZ film festival to run online this year. 83 documentaries were enjoyed by an audience of more than 70,000 across the whole of Aotearoa. 

Now, Auckland Live and Doc Edge are proud to offer people a chance to come together to enjoy the big screen experience. 

The Man on the Island

The Man on the Island

Kicking off the day, audiences will get a sneak peek of the highly anticipated new Kiwi documentary, High Tide Don't Hide, as it joins the three incredible New Zealand premieres selected for Doc Edge at The Civic on Sunday 22 November, bringing people together to enjoy the large screen film experience. 

Everybody can watch the acclaimed music doc, The Apollo, for free thanks to HBO Documentary Films and Oscar-winning filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams. The film chronicles the unique history of Harlem's famous cathedral of culture, renowned for launching the careers of so many artists including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. 

Partially shot during lockdown, The Man on the Island by Simon Mark Brown will have its world premiere. The film tells the story of Colin McLaren and one tiny island in the Hauraki Gulf, Rakino – off the grid, challenging and stunningly beautiful. The 77-year-old artistic, philosophical and erudite McLaren moved to the remote island thirty years ago. His path to an isolated lifestyle unwittingly reflects society's current plight in a pandemic.

The Painter and The Thief

The Painter and The Thief

A 2020 Sundance Festival award-winner, The Painter and the Thief by Norwegian director Benjamin Ree, follows the unlikely relationship of Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova and the thief who stole her paintings. When he is severely hurt in a car crash and needs full-time care, she becomes his closest ally and an inextricable bond forms that will forever link these lonely souls. The Guardian declared the film "The year's most moving documentary".

Tickets for High Tide Don't HideThe Man on the Island and The Painter and the Thief are $18 each (service fees may apply). Early bookings are recommended. 

11.00 AM – Hide Tide Don't Hide
1.00 PM – The Apollo - Free screening, General Admission, tickets must be reserved.
3.30 PM – The Man on the Island - Followed by a Q&A with director Simon Mark Brown and artist Colin McLaren. 
6.00 PM – The Painter and the Thief 

$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 10 August 2020