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Cinema and Performing Arts at The Vic, Devonport

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Hope Springs / Wunderkinder / Cheerful Weather for the Wedding / Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 / Hysteria / The Last Ocean / Two Little Boys / Ruby Sparks / Your Sister's Sister / Kiwi Flyer / River Dog / Gone Curling / The Last Ocean / How Far is Heaven / Shadow Dancer / Looper / The Sapphires / Moonrise Kingdom / Dolphin Boy…
What Cinema would you associate with the above list of films? The Hoyts? The Bridgeway? The Lido? The Capitol? - No, it's your own local cinema The Vic in Devonport, offering a selection of the finest films for our local audiences.
Re-opened for business on the 1st October, with the new operators Philipp Jaser and Robin Kewell, The Vic has already screened some of the latest release films and a great selection of award- winning documentaries in its first three weeks, with some great titles coming up in November.
Personal contacts made by the new operators with the Film Distributors, including Rialto and Hopscotch who have recently come on board, have found distributors being very supportive of the Devonport Cinema as a unique cinema and multi-use community space. This new relationship will certainly help repair the public rift that had developed in the past. Philipp and Robin are determined to build bridges and work with other cinemas to complement the film and screening choices already available on the North Shore.
“We have already screened some films on their release dates, and have just booked the new Hobbit film on its release date 13th December,” says film programme director Robin Kewell, who believes that many of the Devonport residents will wait for new release films to come to The Vic if they can't get them straight away. Shadow Dancer, an Irish thriller which recently premiered at the New Zealand Film Festival is another new release which will be screening at the Vic on the 22nd November.
This supply of new films is due to the distributors coming on board and to Philipp and Robin’s determination to make The Vic work. “We are at the cinema most of the time during opening times and talk to our customers directly and I find that people are embracing the idea of cinema alongside performing arts and performing arts education,” says general manager Philipp Jaser. “We did a lot of research before we went into this and it is very encouraging to see that people are very supportive of the vision and want to contribute to The Vic’s success. There will be plenty of opportunity to come to see movies, high quality live shows, participate in performing arts and film-making courses and to hire any of the three Theatre spaces for private functions, birthday parties, and fund-raising events. “We want The Vic to be a community space and want to make it easy for people to use and hire,” says Philipp. “There is a real need for a community venue in Devonport and we think The Vic can fill that gap. Enquiries are coming in steadily and people are very happy to see that we are open for bookings.”
Coming Soon will be the double feature length film EDEN the Complete Inside Story presented by film-maker Robin Kewell There will be some ‘golden oldies’ for The Vic’s 100th Birthday Bash on the 27th Oct and from 17th to 25th November there will be an Art Fest Feast of Films - a festival of films on Art with a special showing of the Banksy film ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ which runs alongside an installation project with work from two acclaimed artists as part of the Devonport Arts Festival week. Details of films can be found on
Philipp and Robin are steering a course that should meet up with people from all walks of life in Devonport and welcome everyone on board as The Vic heads off towards a new horizon, keeping a watchful eye out for rocks and reefs on the way.

Performing arts education and film-making

Film-making for kids and film-making for teens

Enrolments are open now for two five day film making holiday courses to be held between 14 and 27 January. Each course is one week long and participants will learn from experienced film makers and tutors Robin Kewell and Nichola Jones how to make their own film and present their work at The Vic.

8-12 years olds: 14-18 January, 10am to 4pm, tutor: Nichola Jones
13-17 year olds: 21-25 January, 10am to 4pm, tutor: Robin Kewell
Costs will be around $300 for a five day course.

Introduction to acting for screen and theatre, Accomplished actor and acting tutor Mark Clare offers an exciting course for those who wish to experiment
and discover more about acting for both screen and theatre through improvisation, voice and acting technique using scripts and video. This course is
designed for the mature student no matter what their experience. In a fun, relaxed environment participants will discover the fundamentals of being on
stage and in front of the camera.

Costs are $350 for eight two-hour sessions, plus a performance on stage at The Victoria Theatre – times and dates to be confirmed.

THE VIC - Information, tickets, enrolments and venue hire bookings -
(09) 446 0100. 48-56 Victoria Road, Devonport

by Heather Vermeer