Comedy/Drama | PG | 110 min.


Galaxy Cinemas Wed, Apr 3 4:00 PM
Galaxy Cinemas Wed, Apr 3 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Feature
Release Year:2023
Rating:PG - bullying, some violence
Production Country:New Zealand
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Paul Middleditch
Hamish Bennett
Cast:Julian Dennison
Minnie Driver
Erana James
Rhys Darby
James Rolleston
Produced By:Emma Slade
Angela Cudd
Sandra Kailahi
Screenwriter:Hamish Bennett
Sonia Whiteman
Music By:Karl Sölve Steven


Wednesday, April 3, 2024 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Galaxy Cinemas, 72 Commerce Park Drive, Barrie, ON  L4N 8W8

“Dennison once again brings his signature warmth, humour, and pathos for a singular and deeply affecting performance.” – Marya E. Gates, RogerEbert.com

Julian Dennison delivers another charismatic performance in a witty and wise story about a young student trying to find his place among New Zealand’s fight for its national identity in the ’80s.

In 1981 the South African rugby team toured New Zealand, sparking protests across the country about the government’s decision to let them play, given South Africa’s apartheid policy. While this battle for the nation’s identity rages, 17-year old Josh Waaka (Julian Dennison) has to figure out his own place in the world.

Josh is content to let life happen around him. Since the death of his father, things haven’t exactly been bright at home. His older brother Jamie (James Rolleston) is in a numb stasis after an injury has kept him from continuing his rugby career. Their mom Shirley (Minnie Driver) spends most of her time working to keep the family afloat. While rugby is on everyone’s mind at home and in school, one of his teachers (Rhys Darby) pushes Josh to audition for drama school. This opens up new ways of looking at the world, and soon he starts to see the activism in his community differently.

Screenings are General Admission. Tickets: $10.

Series is funded by the City of Barrie