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The hugely popular Wet Hot Academy Summer Series is BACK for 2021! 

From February 19th to March 3rd, Academy Cinemas are bringing you a carefully curated selection of the very best of classic cinema, featuring steamy love affairs, red hot tempers and wild seaside jaunts set in the heat of summer! 

This year's festival is sponsored by Smooth Spirits NZ, who will be offering a range of cheap cocktails exclusively on festival screening nights! Make sure you try one... or more... each night you attend!

February 19th, 6:30pm (Festival opening night) - Bonjour Tristesse
Set on the French Riviera, BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958) features Jean Seberg as a precocious teen who feels very threatened when her father starts dating a rather cultured woman who may disrupt their decadent lifestyle.

February 21st, 6:00pm - BOOM!
BOOM! (1968) is a cult classic set on a secluded Mediterranean island, featuring Elizabeth Taylor and her then-husband Richard Burton in a highly combustible, strangely symbolic encounter. 

February 22nd, 6:30pm - Palm Beach Story
THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942) is a screwball comedy set in Florida about a married couple who think it might be best if they divorce and find wealthier partners. But how long can they bear to be apart? 

February 23rd, 6:15pm - Contempt
Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT (1963) is set on the island of Capri and follows the attempts of a playwright to adapt a film version of The Odyssey, until his wife gets mixed up with the producer...

February 26th, 8:15pm - The talented Mr Ripley
Set in Italy, THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY (1999) follows Ripley (Matt Damon), a man who will do anything to experience the extravagant lifestyle of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), even if it involves breaking the law.  

February 27th, 8:15pm - Paper Moon
PAPER MOON (1973) is set during the Great Depression in the barren heartlands, where a father and daughter must work together as con-artists to survive! Tatum O'Neil is still the youngest person to ever win an Academy Award! 

February 28th, 6:00pm - L'avventura
L'AVVENTURA (1960) is an iconic Michelangelo Antonioni film about a woman who goes missing on a yachting trip to a volcanic island, leaving her friends perplexed and igniting a VERY guilty relationship. 

March 2nd, 6:15pm - The Getaway
THE GETAWAY (1972) follows a bank heist gone wrong as a husband (Steve McQueen) and wife (Ali MacGraw) must race to Mexico to escape the long arm of the law in Texas. 

March 3rd, 6:15pm - I am love
Screening for $5 Wednesday, I AM LOVE (2009) is Luca Guadagnino's operatic drama about a matriarch who struggles to hold her family together when her mind starts wandering towards an attractive local chef. 

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Last updated: 24 January 2020