News for Nov. 18, 2004

Classic Kong Screened at U of Waikato

11/18/04, 2:40 pm EST - Xoanon

Stephen from the University of Waikato writes: Film Waikato and the University of Waikato are having a Double Feature Presentation of the 1933 classic King Kong, followed by the audience participation version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in Hamilton, NZ on Thursday 25 November. Both are classic films about misunderstood monsters with strong kiwi connections.

It's part of the build-up to the unveiling of a statue created by WETA Workshop of Richard O’Brien, creator of Rocky Horror, as “Riff Raff” at midnight on Friday 25 November in Victoria Street, Hamilton. Richard used to be a barber in Hamilton, where he was inspired by old sci-fi movies which gave him the inspiration for Rocky Horror (much like Peter Jackson being inspired by the classic King Kong). Hamilton is also about 40 minutes from where Peter Jackson filmed Hobbiton for Lord of the Rings.

On the Wednesday 24 November will be a Sci-Fi double feature showcasing the apocalyptic warning The Day the Earth Stood Still and Leslie Nielson’s fifth movie performance in Forbidden Planet. Prints of these two films are rare and may never be seen on the big screen again. Both films, as well as King Kong, are sung about in the introductory prologue of Rocky Horror.

Both shows will be held at Hamilton's Victoria Cinema from 8:30pm. Victoria Cinema is the perfect location for such an event, with its setting reflecting the ambience of the independent theatres who showcased these films when Richard O'Brien was living and working in Hamilton.

Ticket prices will be $12 per night or $20 for both nights, and are available from Victoria Cinema. Prizes will be up for grabs on the night, as well as a great evening out. Ticket sales are limited though. For more information visit the Film Waikato Website. [More]