Whats on in July: The Rehearsal

If you’re into drama and love a good film, this is for you. NZIFF is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Alison Maclean’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, The Rehearsal.

The film tells the story of Stanley, played by James Rolleston, a newcomer who has a passion to make it on stage. He joins a class of drama students, while romancing young Isolde (played by Ella Edward) outside of school. Michelle Ny, Marlon Williams and Kieran Charnock provide vivid support to the young principals, alongside Kerry Fox as Hannah, the school’s grandstanding senior tutor.

The Rehearsal is going to be screening on Saturday 23 July at the Civic Theatre as the centrepiece presentation of the Auckland NZIFF programme. For those out of Auckland, further screening dates for the festival will also be confirmed for Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

The Rehearsal mounts an enticing inquisition of performance, identity and moral anxiety with resonance far beyond its hothouse setting. Like the novel, the film is as attentive to the misleading effect youthful nerve can have on the ‘mature’ as it is to the crises the teachers so blithely incite in the taught. It’s also its own sharp, original thing, a film by Alison Maclean, alive with ambiguity and cinematic verve.” says NZIFF Director Bill Gosden.

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