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Latin America & Spain Film Festival

Need a break from the textbooks and course notes?

Then we have the perfect event for your study break needs!

The Latin America & Spain Film Festival (LASFF) will run an evening line-up of films at UC, Undercroft 101, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October. There are four fantastic films to choose from, bookings are not required, entry is free, and light refreshments will be provided!

What is it?

LASFF is a cultural event dedicated to contemporary cinematographic productions from Latin America and Spain. The aim is to bring Latin American, Spanish and New Zealand communities together through the big screen. The event is now in its 18th year and is held in eleven New Zealand cities, with this year’s Christchurch event being hosted at the Christchurch Art Gallery and the University of Canterbury.

For information about all screenings visit: https://lasffnz.co.nz/festival-schedule/ or pop along at the following times for the 4 UC screenings:

What’s the haps?! 13th-19th April

I hope that you’re having an awesome break away from uni! Here’s some cool ideas of events that you can go to, to fill in the time…

Tuesday 14th:

  • Comedy Open Mic Night: Head along to Alvarado’s Mexican Cantina on 77 Stevens St, in the CBD. 8.00-10.00pm. FREE entry! Go along for a laugh, or if you’re brave you can even perform yourself!

Wednesday 15th:

Thursday 16th:

Friday 17th:

  • Graduation for Science: 10.00am, Horncastle Arena
  • Graduation for Law and Commerce: 2.00pm, Horncastle Arena
  • ‘Grad Ball’: Come along and celebrate your graduation with all your friends! 7.30pm at a Mystery Location (meet in UCSA carpark to get buses to venue). Cocktails and Canapes on arrival, and 12 food stations serving delicious options throughout the night!

Saturday 18th:

  • The Great Pretenders: Showcasing impersonators of some of the greatest performers this world has ever seen….
    Doors open at 6.30pm, dinner served at 7pm, entertainment begins at 8pm. $46 for tickets. Held at Addington Raceway.

Sunday 19th:

  • Frocks on Bikes April Bike Ride: St Albans Park to Redwood Springs (and back). Meet at St. Albans park on Barbados St – opposite Ris’tretto cafe – at 12.45pm for a 1pm sharp departure. Go along for abit of fun!

Top NZ actor Sam Neill talks to film students on campus

Sam Neill visits Canterbury students
Sam Neill visits Canterbury students

One of New Zealand’s greatest and most famous actors Sam Neill was on campus today talking to cinema studies students. He also spoke on the amphitheatre lawn behind the Music building about the Arts and how helpful an Arts degree is out in the big wide world.

The University of Canterbury has gone a long way to making him a major ally in the future development of Creative Arts. The lecture with the Cinema and Film students was perfect and he really connected with them and excited them about that form of creativity.

Afterwards, he spent a long time talking with students, he signed umpteen autographs, they took heaps of selfies and he then gave an inspiring speech at the beginning of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts lunch.

His visit was a tremendous success – the film students we were rapt. Sam is charming and an engaging raconteur.  He had words of personal counsel to share with students who someday may venture into careers in the New Zealand film industry and/or the acting profession.

When a person of international repute, such as Sam Neill, actually takes time out from their busy schedule to chat with our students who have chosen to study film at the University of Canterbury, it lets them know that their work is, in fact, important and that their voices will be heard.

It is also very important that Sam grew up here in Christchurch, and is an alumnus and Honorary Doctorate of the University of Canterbury. This is where he was first exposed to the acting profession.  He is an important role model for students and undoubtedly can inspire them to excel in their chosen careers in film.