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James & Isey Unclassified 18+

Director: Florian Habicht
Country: New Zealand (2021)
Language: English

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Ahead of her 100th birthday, Isey and her devoted son James prepare for the party of a lifetime.

Ngāti Manu woman Isey Cross lives with her youngest son, James, on a farm in Kawakawa, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island. Cheeky and vivacious, the 99-year-old is preparing to celebrate her centenary when award-winning Kiwi filmmaker Florian Habicht (Spookers, MIFF 2017; Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets, MIFF 2014) turns up with a camera. Over the next seven days, as James organises the festivities, Habicht captures their devoted bond – to each other and to the spirit world – as well as their infectious joie de vivre.

Habicht does more than just invite audiences to spend an incredible week with this charismatic duo and their friends, however: he also traces significant events and milestones in Aotearoa over the 100 years of Isey’s lifetime. The result is a cheerful and big-hearted observational documentary that recounts the inextricably linked stories of person and place.

“It’s a rare film that can be this free of sentiment and saccharine while still positively rolling in romanticism, nostalgia and pure, honestly given aroha … An unclassifiable triumph of heart and instinct over the odds.” – Stuff.co.nz

In Cinema

Fri 06 Aug 11:00 am [14020]
James & Isey (91 mins)
ACMI 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Fri 06 Aug 2:00 pm [33032]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Theatre Royal Castlemaine
Fri 06 Aug 7:00 pm [31032]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Star Cinema Bendigo
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Fri 06 Aug 7:30 pm [37052]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Peninsula Cinemas Sorrento
Fri 06 Aug 7:30 pm [38052]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Wallis Cinemas Mildura
Fri 06 Aug 8:30 pm [32062]
James & Isey (91 mins)
The Pivotonian Cinema Geelong
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 07 Aug 7:30 pm [36102]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Paramount Cinemas Echuca
Thu 12 Aug 6:30 pm [16361]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 14 Aug 4:30 pm [34462]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Sun Cinema Bairnsdale
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Sat 14 Aug 4:30 pm [35462]
James & Isey (91 mins)
Sun Cinema Bright
This session is bookable on a pass

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Featured Subjects
Isey Cross, James Cross
Director
Florian Habicht
Producers
Florian Habicht, Lani-Rain Feltham
Cinematographer
Florian Habicht
Editors
Anastasia Doniants, Florian Habicht
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Madman Entertainment

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